It is now time to start a new running blog of the acquisition of weapons and equipment for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) after the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte started signing contracts for them. This will be a continuation of my other blog about similar acquisitions by President Benigno Aquino Jr. or PNoy.
I will be following the same “House Rules” or “Blog Rules” from my previous blog about PNoy’s acquisitions, which is first is that I want the news to be confirmed by a MAJOR news organization or a reputable website before I consider it. “Major” meaning a registered news organization like “GMA7”, for example, or “ABS-CBN”, etc. Or websites like the “Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines”, etc.
Second, I am looking for as much DETAILS as possible for the purchases, like how many were bought, for how much, from what company, estimated delivery dates, etc. More often than not there has been a couple of Press Releases about supposed acquisitions with very little details afterwards whether they did push thru or not. So if I see only one news item with little visibility about what happened afterwards, then I am not going to consider it.
This means I am going to CONSERVATIVE about what to list here, I want to note down only those that has actually been delivered, or at least have good visibility about their delivery dates, or that I find the details to be more or less complete. Hence there will be a number of stated acquisitions that will not be noted down here. Alternatively, if an acquisition that has been listed below but did not push thru, it will be removed.
As stated above, this will be a “running” blog which will be regularly updated as better information becomes available.
* Two New Frigates
Brand new Frigates from the South Korean company, “Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)” for the price of USD 163 million each. This acquisition is bound to be controversial because much of the work, around 80-90%, was done under the previous PNoy administration. But in the end it was Duterte’s Administration who signed the contract and pushed into the “Point of No Return”, so to speak, so I feel he should get the credit for it.
– Hyundai Heavy Industries Wins Order to Build 2 Frigates for Filipino Navy
* Five TC-90 Aircraft
Secondhand TC-90s to be used as Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) from Japan. This is another project started under the PNoy Administration, but signed under Duterte. These will be leased from them because their current Constitution does not allow the donation of military equipment to another country. Price will be USD 7k each for four of the aircraft, and USD 200 for a fifth aircraft. No time limit has been set for the expiration of the lease.
– PH, Japan to sign lease agreement for 5 trainer aircraft
^ Military Equipment Acquisitions under the PNoy Administration,