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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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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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