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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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The T129 Attack Helicopter for the Philippine Air Force?

Front view of a T129 Attack Helicopter. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

During the Singapore Airshow in February 2018, the Turkish company Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) claimed that they were in “advanced discussions” with several countries including the Philippines for the possible purchase of their T129 ATAK Helicopter.1

Then towards the end of 2018, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana finally confirmed that the Philippines intended to buy approximately eight (8) T129 helicopters.2 Purpose built Attack Helicopters tend to generate a lot of interest among my defense page’s followers just like other major attack aircraft like the A-10 Warthog, so let’s take a closer look at the T129.
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The JAS-39C/D Gripen for the Philippine Air Force? – Part Two

Side view of a JAS-39C Gripen aircraft. Photo courtesy of Matt Morgan.

Continuing my blog about the JAS-39C/D Gripen for the Philippine Air Force (PAF):

’Asymmetric Warfare’1
For me, the biggest asset of the JAS-39C/D is its ability to allow us to conduct sort of like an Asymmetric or Guerilla type of warfare against a stronger opponent. Just as Submarines will allow us to fight such a type of war using our Navy, the Gripen could allow us to do something similar, but this time with our Air Force.

This is because the JAS-39C/D was designed right from the outset to be able to operate not from just major airfields, but also on smaller, less prepared airstrips like small Tactical Bases or even stretches of roads that are at least 16 m wide and 800 m long.
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The JAS-39C/D Gripen for the Philippine Air Force? – Part One

Front view of a JAS-39C Gripen aircraft. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

In October 2018, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed in an interview by the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the JAS-39 Gripen will likely be selected for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) multi role combat aircraft program.1

Saab has been actively promoting their Gripen aircraft in the Philippines for quite some time now, culminating in them bringing in a full sized model of their JAS-39C Gripen aircraft during the Asian Defence and Security Show (ADAS) in September 2018 in Manila.2
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ADAS 2018 Observations and Highlights

A scale model of the HDF-2500 Frigate made by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the Philippine Navy.

I was able to attend the 2018 Asian Defense and Security (ADAS) at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Manila recently, and every time the event is held (every two years) it always seem to get bigger and better. More people seemed to have turned out on the first day for example, and there were more and better booths.

The Russians for the first time were there, represented by Rosoboronexport. Initially I thought that the Chinese were Missing in Action (MIA) in the event, but later I did see at least one Chinese booth showing Law Enforcement related products.
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