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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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The rhk111 Defense Updates

I have decided to discontinue “The rhk111 Defense Forum” and switch to a website format instead thru the Google Blogger platform. I think it is more apt based on how I post content.

The new website is called the “The rhk11 Defense Updates“, and you can access it here: https://therhk111philippinedefenseupdates.blogspot.com/

I will be phasing out the forum slowly as I migrate content from there to the new website. I won’t be posting any new content on the forum though, instead I will just do it on the new website.

Scorpene class Submarines for the Philippine Navy? – Part One

A side view of a Scorpene submarine of the Chilean Navy. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

There was a lot of talk about the Philippine Navy (PN) finally getting Submarines last year (2018), but it sort of died out for awhile, then started up again recently around the middle of July 2019 when the Department of National Defense (DND) said they will be going to France to look at Submarines.1

More than a week later, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed that they are looking to possibly acquire the Scorpene Submarines made by France,2 so time to put it under the Microscope. This is the first of two blogs I made about the submarine.
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Scorpene class Submarines for the Philippine Navy? – Part Two

Side view of a Scorpene submarine of the Royal Malaysian Navy that is out of the water. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This is the second and last of two blogs I made about the Scorpene class submarines for the Philippine Navy (PN). You can access the first one here: Scorpene class Submarines for the Philippine Navy? – Part One.

’Scorpene 1000’
To continue, based on its characteristics and features, the Scorpene 1000 (S1k) seems to be a combination of the Naval Group’s previous CA-2000, SMX-23 and Andrasta Coastal Submarine designs.1 2
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Jose Rizal class Frigate Drawing comparisons to Foreign and other PN Ships

Shipbucket1 is a website that archives ship and aircraft drawings in a uniform scale and style. They allow anybody to contribute drawings as long as they register on the website and submit drawings that conform to the standards they set.

Recently they came up with a drawing of the Philippine Navy’s (PN) newest Frigate, the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), and thus I saw some opportunity to compare it with some interesting ships so we can see its size and shape relative to those vessels.

Along the way I will also introduce a little bit of trivia and information about the vessels. This will be the first of a two-part blog, in this one I will be comparing the Jose Rizal ships to other ships of the PN and to the Kamorta class Corvette.
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Jose Rizal class Frigate Drawing comparisons with SEA Frigates

This is the second blog I have comparing the Shipbucket drawing of the Jose Rizal class Frigates of the Philippine Navy (PN). In the first one I compared the Jose Rizal ships to other ships of the PN, but in this one I will be comparing it to some of the most modern Frigates of our South East Asian (SEA) neighbors.

Shipbucket1 of course is a website that archives ship and aircraft drawings in a uniform scale and style. They allow anybody to contribute drawings as long as they register on the website and submit drawings that comply to the standards they set.

’Shipbucket Crediting Rules’
Here are some explanations and references to conform to the Shipbucket website’s crediting rules.2 Except for the Nareusan class Frigate drawing, all the other drawings I used below were originally archived on Shipbucket, and among the changes I made to the original drawings are:
– Moved texts closer to the ship drawings;
– Combined together drawings;
– Enlarged and cropped the resulting drawings;
– Removed the Mk 15 Phalanx Close In Weapons System (CIWS) and RIM-162 Evolved Seas Sparrow Missile (ESSM) from the BRP Jose Rizal drawings;
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PN AW-159 Wildcat Helicopters’ lack of Defensive System and Link 16 Datalink

The Philippine Navy’s two AW159 Wildcat Helicopters. Photo by Westleigh Bushell thru Flickr.

The South Korean Defense website Defense Times posted an article comparing the AW159 Wildcat helicopters of the South Korean (SKN) and Philippine Navy (PN).1 The article is written in the Korean alphabet called Hangul, but Google Translate does a decent job of making the article understandable in English.

It noted that Philippine Wildcats lack the Helicopter Integrated Defensive Aids System (HIDAS)-15 Defensive Suite and the Link 16 Tactical Data Link (TDL) found on the South Korean Helicopters.
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