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The Armed Black Hawk (ABH) Helicopter for the Philippines?

Front views of S-70i Helicopters in their Armed Black Hawk (ABH) configuration. Photo from the official Lockheed Martin account on Flickr.

The American Company Sikorsky Aircraft recently announced that they are offering an armed version of the S-70i Black Hawk Helicopter for the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF) Attack Helicopter requirement.

It will be produced by their PZL Mielec Manufacturing Plant in Poland, and if the Contract is finalized soon they are confident they can start the delivery in 2022 and complete it by 2023.1
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The AH-1Z Viper or AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter for the Philippines?

An AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopter. Photo taken from Wikimedia Commons

In May 2020, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on their website that the United States (US) State Department had approved the potential sale of AH-1Z Viper and AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters to the Philippines.1 2

The AH-1Z package consisted of 6 units for Usd 450 million or Usd 75 million each while the AH-64E package consisted of also 6 units but for Usd 1.5 billion or Usd 250 million each.
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Encounter at Rizal Reef – BRP Conrado Yap vs. Liupanshui, April 2020

The BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) Corvette of the Philippine Navy (PN). Photo by the Philippine News Agency (PNA)

In April 2020, two anonymous Philippine Government Officials leaked to the Associated Press (AP) News Organization that an incident occurred between the Naval Ships of the Philippines and China.1

The Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Western Command, Vice Admiral Rene Medina subsequently provided more details of what happened,2 so time to take a look at the whole incident.
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The K21-105 or Harimau Light/Medium Tank for the Philippine Army?

A scale model of a K21-105 Medium Tank. Photo courtesy of rhk111 thru Wikimedia Commons.

The Indonesian and South Korean Press recently reported that the Philippine Army’s (PA) selection for its Light /Medium Tank Acquisition Project has been narrowed down to just two candidates, the Harimau Medium Tank (MT) and the K21-105.1 2

The South Korean news article estimated that the final selection could be made within March 2020, but up to the publication of this blog no news yet has been public that a selection has indeed, been made. At any rate, it would be interesting to take a close look at both of these candidates.
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Exercise Falcon Strike 2015: Gripen vs. Flanker

A J-11A Flanker B Fighter Aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). Photo by Weimeng thru the Airliners dot net Website.

In 2015, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) conducted their first ever joint exercise called the Exercise Falcon Strike 2015, resulting in a relatively rare interaction between Chinese and Western Fighter Aircraft.

The event was held from November 12 to 30, 2015 at the Korat RTAF Base in Thailand. Although the exercise was publicized, initially specific detailed information about it was kept as low key as possible.
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The F-16V Block 70/72 Viper for the Philippine Air Force? – Part One

A Computer Generated Image (CGI) of an F-16V Viper with Indonesian Air Force markings. Photo courtesy of the official Lockheed Martin website.

In November 2019, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) revealed to the defense publication Jane’s that the F-16 Fighting Falcon is one of the aircraft they are considering for their Multi-Role Fighter (MRF) program, along with the Su-30 Flanker, JAS-39 Gripen and Eurofighter Typhoon.1

A month later Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the selection had been narrowed down to only two aircraft, the Gripen and F-16V Block 70/72 Viper.2 The F-16V is the same version that Lockheed Martin (LM) showed as a Scale Model with PAF markings during the 2018 Asian Defense and Security (ADAS) event in the Philippines.3
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The F-16V Block 70/72 Viper for the Philippine Air Force? – Part Two

A Computer Generated Image (CGI) of an F-16V Viper. Photo courtesy of the official Lockheed Martin website.

This is the second and last of two blogs I made about the F-16V Block 70/72 Viper aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF), you can access the first one here: The F-16V Block 70/72 Viper for the Philippine Air Force? – Part One

’Operating Costs’
No data is available yet for the Operating Costs or Cost Per Flight Hour (CPFH) of the F-16V, but some data are available for its older version, the F-16C. Calculating CPFH though is a bit tricky since there is no standard way of doing it, so instead of citing just one figure I am just going to give a range of figures if enough data is available.
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The BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) Corvette of the Philippine Navy

The Chungju (PCC-762) Pohang class Corvette of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN). Photo by u/RPBot thru Reddit.

I first wrote about the Philippine Navy’s (PN) acquisition of a Pohang class Corvette from the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) back in June 2014,1 and the news then was that it was expected to the delivered by the end of 2014. Well the “by the end of 2014” stretched out to four years and eight months because the first Pohang Corvette was finally commissioned into service by the PN only in August of this year (2019).2

On a positive note, the very long delay did mean we got a newer ship instead of an older one. The ship that we got was the former Chungju (PCC-762), part of the Flight III Batch of the Pohang Corvettes which was commissioned in 1987 by the ROKN and then retired in 2016.3
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The K136A1 Kooryong MLRS for the Philippines

A K136A1 Kooryong Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) firing one of its rockets. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

In August 2019, the Philippine Army (PA) revealed that they and the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) are acquiring the K136A1 Kooryong Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) from South Korea. Three batteries will go to the PA while one battery will go to the PMC.1

Each battery consists of six units, so for four batteries that is a total of 24 units for both the PA and the PMC. Two months later, the PA activated its 2nd MLRS Battery and provided more details of the acquisition saying that SK donated two batteries back in October 2018.2
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The Naval Defense 2019 Exhibit

I attended the Naval Defense 2019 Exhibit held at the SMX Convention Center of the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, Philippines last June 18 to 20, 2019, and it turned out to be a lot more interesting than I expected it to be.

I also attended the 2018 edition of the exhibit, but there were fewer defense companies then so it wasn’t as interesting to me. The Naval Defense Exhibit is actually bundled with the larger Philippines Marine (Philmarine) Exhibit which has been going on annually for the last six years.

Below are some of the defense or law enforcement related booths that caught my attention the most.
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