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azriel
post May 16 2020, 10:14 AM

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Philippines Defense Secretary Says U.S. Attack Helicopter Offers Are Too Pricey

May 15, 2020 - by Daniel Darling

Barely two weeks after an announcementthat government-to-government Foreign Military Sales (FMS) requests by the Philippines to Washington for potential buys of U.S.-sourced attack helicopters had been cleared by the State Department, it appears the price tags involved are bigger than Manila’s budget.

Defense Secretary for the Philippines, Delfin Lorenzana, has stated the money ring-fenced for the potential acquisition amounts to PHP13 billion ($257 million), whereas the two offers of six AH-64E Apaches and six Bell Helicopters AH-1Z Vipers come with estimated price tags of  $1.5 billion and $450 million, respectively. The difference in price is partially due to the more extensive list of weaponry and quantity of weapons.

The Philippines would also like to procure at least six Turkish T129 ATAK helicopters, which are a derivative of the AgustaWestland-designed A-129 Mangusta attack helicopter. Defense Secretary Lorenzana confirmed the Philippines’ interest in securing a contract for the T129s on December 7, 2018.


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post May 16 2020, 02:02 PM

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Egyptian Navy launches fourth Gowind-2500 corvette “Luxor”

By Dorian Archus - May 14, 2020

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Luxor will be 4th Gowind class corvette of the Egyptian Navy

The Egyptian Navy launched its fourth Gowind-2500 corvette, named Luxor at Alexandria shipyard on 12th May, the Naval Group has announced via Twitter. The Egyptian defense minister has attended the launching ceremony of Luxor, which is being built locally in cooperation with France’s defense company Naval Group.

The Naval Group praised the performance of Alexandria Shipyard and emphasized on the improved skills of a civilian shipyard being able to achieve complex military qualifications and high-quality results.

In 2014, Egypt signed a €1bn contract with Naval Group to buy four Gowind 2,500-ton corvettes with an option for two more. Three of the corvettes are to be built locally by Alexandria Shipyard within a technology transfer agreement.

In April 2015, Naval Group started cutting metal for the very first Gowind 2500 corvette, and it was launched almost a year later in September 2016 in France. At the same time that the first corvette appeared in 2016, there were major works going on inside the Alexandria Shipyard Company in Egypt to build the second Corvette, and it was launched in September 2018. The first corvette was commissioned in September 2017 and the second one is expected to enter service end of this year.


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post May 18 2020, 07:30 AM

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A Canadian Forces Snowbird jet has crashed into a house in Kamloops.

Two jets took off from Kamloops Airport at about 11:30 a.m., bound for Comox, when one rose, then veered to the left and barrel rolled toward the ground, crashing into a house on Glenview Drive, setting the residence on fire.

The two residents of the home escaped without injury.

Witnesses saw at least one pilot eject before the plane crashed.
He landed on the roof of a house on nearby Schreiner Street and was rescued by Kamloops Fire Rescue.

A witness told KTW a second person, a female, appeared to have succumbed to her injuries.
Dana Hings is a retired nurse from New Westminster who is visiting her daughter in Brock.

“We were in the garden and we heard a large crash,” Hings told KTW, noting they heard calls for medical help.

Hings and her daughter rushed to the backyard of the home and found a person who appeared to be deceased.

“I saw a deceased female with catastrophic injuries,” Hings said. “It looked like she hit a tree. It’s insane. It’s not supposed to happen. This [the Snowbirds tour] is supposed to be a good thing and she died.”
https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/news/with-...ouse-1.24136744


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post May 18 2020, 07:39 AM

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more pic of crash site

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Snowbirds pilot landed with a parachute on the roof of this house

azriel
post May 19 2020, 05:12 PM

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Philippine Navy newest frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) on way home from South Korea to the Philippine.


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post May 20 2020, 05:51 PM

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F-35 Has Crashed In Florida, Second Aircraft Loss For Eglin Air Force Base In Five Days

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Details remain scarce at this time, but an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that was flying out of Eglin AFB, which is located on the Florida panhandle, has crashed. Thankfully, the pilot was able to eject and is safe.

The incident occurred at around 9:30 pm local time and the F-35A was on a routine night training mission.

This is the second crash of an aircraft operating out of the base in less than a week, with an F-22 Raptor going down on Friday, May 15th.

Thankfully, in that incident, the pilot was also able to eject and survive the mishap.

If the F-35 is destroyed, it would be the third crash of an F-35 that resulted in a total write-off of the airframe.


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post May 21 2020, 03:38 PM

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oh my the sexy taufan ganas

Sayang waktu ngan gonky nih hampir semua top gun 17/19 dan kene perambat gi 11 Squadron
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post May 21 2020, 07:10 PM

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QUOTE(atreyuangel @ May 21 2020, 05:04 PM)
oh my the sexy taufan ganas

Sayang waktu ngan gonky nih hampir semua top gun 17/19 dan kene perambat gi 11 Squadron
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These day, the mig pilot now have transferred to Sukhoi? Are tey officially retired or they were in some kind of readiness to be used should they be needed?
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These day, the mig pilot now have transferred to Sukhoi? Are tey officially retired or they were in some kind of readiness to be used should they be needed?
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most of the pilot is now with Sukhoi while some goes become trainer and some into administration

but the top guns all in 11 Sqn now
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post May 22 2020, 01:34 AM

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QUOTE(atreyuangel @ May 21 2020, 07:34 PM)
most of the pilot is now with Sukhoi while some goes become trainer and some into administration

but the top guns all in 11 Sqn now
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Isnt it sucks to loose the wing for those went into admin since their main job is fly instead of being in admin. Unless they willing to move there lah.

Miss those smoky engine and rough engine sound
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QUOTE(minizian @ May 22 2020, 01:34 AM)
Isnt it sucks to loose the wing for those went into admin since their main job is fly instead of being in admin. Unless they willing to move there lah.

Miss those smoky engine and rough engine sound
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administration or training is personal choice
Sometime it also comes with promotion. But for pilot they will have priority to have a flying job with other squadron.
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QUOTE(atreyuangel @ May 22 2020, 01:37 AM)
administration or training is personal choice
Sometime it also comes with promotion. But for pilot they will have priority to have a flying job with other squadron.
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Ah, good to hear about that. Wish govt will upgrade the plane that going replace the mig but surely unlikely due to current situation.
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post May 24 2020, 08:47 AM

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post May 24 2020, 09:35 AM

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Philippine Navy new frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) arrives in the Philippine. Credit to Philippine Navy.

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post May 24 2020, 06:15 PM

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Indonesian Army Aviation 11th Assault Squadron AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters. Credit to indonesian Army Aviation.

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post May 26 2020, 07:34 PM

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Navy Plans 50-Ship Maritime Force To Strengthen Claims On Disputed Seas; BRP Jose Rizal Arrives

According to a Philippine Navy source, “we are not competing with anyone” but only trying to “regain some respect from other countries in the region, show the flag and protect our own interests in the South China Sea.”

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The Philippine Navy’s first missile-capable warship, which will be christened the Jose Rizal once it is commissioned to service, arrives in Subic, Zambales on May 23, 2020 after its five-day maiden voyage from Ulsan, South Korea. Photo from the Navy

The Philippines plans to spend an initial P75 billion to build a 50-ship maritime force, including short-range missile-capable smaller and faster vessels to protect the country’s security interests in the disputed South China Sea, a senior naval commander said.

About 100 other support vessels and more than 30 fixed-wing and rotary aircraft are also being considered in the Philippine Navy’s force mix that could cost the government more than P100 billion in the long term.

“These are modest upgrades to build a credible force to catch up with other neighbors in Southeast Asia,” a flag officer, who requested anonymity, said.

“We are not competing with anyone. We are only trying to regain some respect from other countries in the region, show the flag and protect our own interests in the South China Sea,” he stressed.

The South China Sea is being claimed in whole or in part by China, the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam. In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague awarded the Philippines sovereign rights over several features within its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea. The PCA also invalidated China’s “nine-dash-line” claim over nearly the entire sea.

But China, which has built artificial islands in the South China Sea, including those claimed by the Philippines and other countries, has refused to recognize the arbitral ruling.

The Navy flag officer disclosed that at least four big-ticket items are in the pipeline under the military modernization program’s second horizon until 2023, to buy two corvettes, six offshore patrol vessels, two landing platform docks and eight fast attack interdiction craft.

“We have started the process of procurement and have identified specific supplies under government-to-government deals, which are faster because we need to play catch-up with the rest. We belong to a few countries that do not have missile-capable ships as well as anti-submarine warfare, mine sweeping and anti-air capability,” the officer said.

The Navy’s force mix plan will address these deficiencies, the flag officer says, adding that the acquisition will allow the Navy to retire its legacy ships, many of which are World War II-era vessels donated by the United States at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

The rest of the surface combat vessels will be acquired in the third horizon until 2028, excluding electric-diesel submarines that are very expensive.

“We have not abandoned the plan to acquire two to four submarines, but it will take time to train people who will man these vessels as well as build a base suitable for these sub-surface vessels,” the flag officer said, adding that they are looking at the experiences of Southeast Asian countries that operate submarines such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore.

The Navy has been constantly reviewing its force mix plan after President Duterte approved in 2018 a revised modernization plan under the second horizon.

The country planned to spend about P150 billion for a 15-year modernization plan in the mid-1990s after the US was kicked out of its two large overseas bases in the Philippines.

In the 1970s and 1980s during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos, the country had relied heavily on the US security umbrella for its external defense, while Philippine security forces focused on internal security threats posed by Maoist-led guerrillas and Muslim separatist rebels in the south.

But the first modernization plan failed because there were not enough funds. Congress allocated only P50 billion and it was not until the presidency of Benigno Aquino III that funding for the modernization increased to P25 billion a year, up from P5 billion a year under former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

During the Aquino administration, the revised three-phased, 15-year modernization program worth P300 billion was passed.

In 2018, Duterte approved a revised acquisition program, giving priority to the Navy and Philippine Air Force in the procurement of brand-new equipment.

On Saturday, May 23,  the Navy’s first-ever modern warship, a missile-capable, semi-stealth frigate was delivered to Manila from a South Korean shipyard. The second frigate will be delivered in October 2020.

The contract for the construction of two light frigates was signed by the Philippines with Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in October 2016.

Four more frigates will be acquired until 2028 under the Navy’s force-mix plan. The frigates will be armed with anti-air missiles and will be primarily an anti-air platform, but they also have ship-to-ship missiles.

Twelve missile-capable corvettes will be acquired for anti-submarine warfare. Two corvettes worth P28 billion are planned to be procured until 2023. A South Korean shipyard, which built the frigates, will be awarded the contracts.

At least 18 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) will be acquired for exclusive economic zone (EEZ) patrols. Six are planned initially for P30 billion and will be awarded to an Australian shipyard.  Six more are planned until 2028 to join six existing vessels – three former Hamilton-class cutters from the US donated in 2011 and three former Peacock-class corvettes from the British Royal Navy stationed in Hong Kong, bought in 1997.

Eight Fast Attack Interdiction Craft armed with short-range missiles from Israel will also be acquired, but procurement of 40 of these ships will be spread out through 2028. The Navy has allocated P10 billion for the eight missile craft.

Acquisition of 42 smaller Multi-Purpose Attack Craft from Taiwan is also planned. There are already 12 operating in the Navy; three are fitted with Israeli missiles, the first-ever missile gunboats in the Philippines.

Two more strategic sealift vessels are also planned and will be awarded to an Indonesian supplier, which already delivered two ships – the BRP Davao del Sur and BRP Tarlac. The two ships will cost P5.5 billion.

The Navy also plans to build an aviation force with 34 planes and helicopters, including vertical takeoff and landing drones, designed for surveillance and anti-submarine warfare. Shore-to-ship and shore-to-air missile batteries are also planned.

The Philippine Marines, which is part of the Navy, has a different set of weapons upgrade plan, including amphibious assault vehicles, rotary aircraft, drones, mortars and assault rifles.


Read more: https://www.onenews.ph/navy-plans-50-ship-m...e-rizal-arrives


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post May 27 2020, 04:19 PM

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Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) selected the Chaiseri First Win AIFV (Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle) 4x4 as the competition winner for two Light Armored Vehicles. Photo by AAG.

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Indonesian Army new M3 Amphibious Rig. Credit to TNI-AD.

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Polish Army Receives First Upgraded Leopard 2PL Main Battle Tanks.

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