13 Maret 2017

AFP Modernization 2nd Stage Sees More Attack Helis, Missiles

13 Maret 2017

Second Horizon of modernization slated between 2018 and 2022 (image : PN)

The Department of National Defense (DND) is looking at the possibility of including more night-capable attack helicopters, precision guided missiles, drones and fast boats in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program’s Second Horizon.

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that they are studying the possibility of including these platforms and weapons in the existing list of equipment which will be acquired in the Second Horizon.

“We are still studying this as [Second Horizon] has already existing list,” he added.

The study gained further impetus when President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced that he wants the AFP to have more night-capable attack helicopters and fast boats to expedite the elimination of threats from the Abu Sayyaf Group and other lawless elements in Mindanao.

The AFP Modernization Program is divided into three horizons, with the first lasting from 2013 to 2017, the second from 2018 to 2022 and third 2023 to 2028. The Second Horizon calls for the acquisition of equipment more attuned to external defense missions and has a programmed funding of around PHP100 billion.

PAF 2016-2022 acquisition program (image : PAF)

During the First Horizon, the Philippine Air Force took the delivery of night-capable 8 AW-109E attack helicopters armed with two (left/right) machine gun pods with launchers for three 70 millimeter rockets, and number of combat utility helicopters.

Under this stage, contracts where also sealed for two Philippine Navy anti-submarine warfare AW-159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and two brand-new Korean-made frigates.

First Horizon also saw the acquisitions of FA-50PHs, strategic sea-lift vessels, brand-new and refurbished military transport aircraft, land mobility assets, rifles, radars, assault amphibious vehicles, FPEs, among others. With these acquisitions, many were already delivered, while some are scheduled for delivery.


11 komentar:

  1. 100 billions if translate it to dollars is around 2billion dollar. Is it enough to fund the whole second horizon program especially including MRF as part of this. PS My former internet name is Kotori.

    1. You are right. The Philippine Army alone needed 200 billion pesos to fund their requirement for horizon 2. Horizon 2 needs 500-600 billion pesos based on the submitted proposal of the armed services.

  2. AFP must focus, at the moment, its strength in dealing with domestic disturbance first, before projecting its strength to the SCS. Hence, equipments like, night attack helos, UAV/UCAVs, fast attack crafts, medium lift helos are very important.

    1. There is a proposal to frontload some of Horizon 3 projects to Horizon 2 in order to have some of those u mentioned earlier.

    2. @aymokay ... that would be nice. those southern asses need to be kicked hard and fast.

  3. pilipina mirip disini...suka berhalusinasi hiperbola...tapi keuangan lemah hi hi

    1. beza dong, disni ada heli awewe semata wayang termahal sekawasan haha!

  4. Copy singapore style.... the graphic, photo, methods etc. so typical poornoy.....

  5. Seriously... awacs???? Chinook???? You guys struggle to buy trainer aircraft lije F50 and small chopper like aw-109. Hahahahahah

  6. @KRI you are correct, internal cleansing must be the first priority, but ofcurz,,, slowly and little by little they must form a more credible external defense,,,,
    @dark side, Dude! its not that we are struggling to buy, its just happened that we have plenty of idiots and stupid politician that that lacks of political well. Until then, lets wait and see.

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