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The rhk111 Defense Forum

I have started a new defense forum called The rhk111 Defense Forum where I intend to post the latest news developments about the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and also foreign defense news as they become available.

So I invite everyone to subscribe to the forum so you can get the latest updates, and also maybe participate in the discussion if you want to. The forum can be accessed at http://rhk111defenseforum.proboards.com.

So see you there.

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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The Spyder SAM System for the Philippines?

Front view of a Spyder SR Missile Firing Unit (MFU). Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

In January 2019, the Department of National Defense (DND) confirmed plans to acquire the Spyder Surface to Air Missile (SAM) System for the Philippines.1 Reports of the Philippine government being interested in an Israeli SAM Air Defense System (ADS) goes at least as far back as six years ago in 2013 under the Administration of President Benigno Aquino Jr.2

A Thesis by a United States (US) armed forces personnel back in 2017 later mentioned that the Philippine Navy (PN) was reportedly interested in getting at least five Missile Batteries of the Spyder.3 But over the years nothing concrete has come out of it so far, hopefully things will be different this time around.
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The Philippine Army’s 122nd Anniversary Exhibit

I wasn’t really planning on blogging about the Info Caravan Exhibit of the Philippine Army (PA) for their 122nd Anniversary at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC), but after going and taking pictures and videos, I thought I had enough material for an article, hence this post.

‘DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Drone’
During the event, the Army displayed some of the commercial drones that they use for their operations, and one of these drones was the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum. I think it is an excellent choice because for one, its manufacturer, Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) is the leading commercial drone manufacturer in the world today with a 74% market share as of September 2018.1

A DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Drone displayed during the Philippine Army (PA) 2019 Info Caravan at the Bonifacio Global City.

The reason why they are number one is because they make the best drones with the best performance and are yet are still easy to use. This particular model, the Mavic Pro Platinum is the quietest among DJI’s drone products, as shown in this video:


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Black Hawk Helicopters for the Philippine Air Force?

Front view of a Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk Helicopter. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

In January 2019, the Philippine Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana revealed that the government will be buying Black Hawk helicopters from Sikorsky’s plant in Poland1 which makes the S-70i version of the aircraft. A month earlier in December 2018, Lorenzana revealed details of the acquisition which was for 16 aircraft worth USD 240 million (PHP 12.67 billion), or approximately USD 15 million (PHP 792 million) each.2

’The Black Hawk’
The S-70 is a medium Transport and Utility helicopter built by the company Sikorsky Aircraft. It first flew in 1974 and entered service with the United States (US) Army in 1978 which designated it as the UH-60.3

It was then named as the “Black Hawk” after a Native American Tribe as is the tradition with US Army Helicopters.4 Since then the Black Hawk has become one of the most commercially successful military helicopters ever with over 4,000 units sold all over the world in 28 countries.5
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