18 Januari 2018

Palace had Special Interest in Navy’s Selection of Weapons System Supplier

18 Januari 2018


Hanwha CMS (image : Hanwha)

Malacañang Palace took special interest in the Philippine Navy’s controversial selection of the weapons system supplier for the P15.7-billion frigate program as early as January 2017, the Inquirer learned recently.

Documents obtained by the Inquirer showed that in a span of two weeks in January 2017, the Palace, the Department of National Defense (DND), and the Navy discussed the issue hounding the combat management systems (CMS) of the Navy’s frigate program.

It included a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte from the Navy explaining why it preferred Tacticos CMS of Thales Nederlands, Inc. over Hanwha Thales (HTC) for the CMS of the frigates.

Malacañang’s attention to the CMS was indicated in a marginal note, dated Jan. 12, 2017, made by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to Vice Adm. Ronald Joseph Mercado, then Navy flag officer-in-command (FOIC).

“To Admiral Mercado,” Lorenzana wrote on a post it. “Ronald, This was given to me by Bong Go. Go over it and prepare a report/rebuttal to be submitted to the Pres.”

The Defense chief then affixed his signature.

Go is Duterte’s right hand man, who was formally given a Palace position as the special assistant to the president (SAP) and head of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS).

Palace preference for Hanwha over Tacticos Thales

The letter from Go, written in broken English, claimed that while “Thales CMS,” apparently referring to Tacticos CMS, has “many sales records of CMS in many countries including Korea… the End-Users of the many countries has (sic) been suffering from their poor supports (sic) of logistics services and upgrade or modernization of their outdated CMS because they are putting all non-recurring/ development costs for the logistics and upgrade to the foreign customer only due to small number of ships in their home countries with high margin as their profits policy.”

The letter said that the Korean Navy was set to “discard” Thales from its “OEM [original equipment manufacturer] portfolios” because of the above-stated reason.

It also said that “Hanwha will provide Philippines Navy (sic) the most economic and effective logistics and upgrade etc. (almost free riding or on boarding) after delivery or (sic) brand new CMS with the logistic supports based on large number of government funding supports.”


Tacticos CMS (image : Thales)

Moreover, Hanwha was prepared to provide “real time 24 hours logistics support in every fleet of Korean (N)avy and will establish a team for Philippines Navy in their fleet with real time network with Korean teams.”

The letter mentioned that the Navy prefers Tacticos CMS because of its compatibility with the Tactical Data Link (TDL) 16, a requirement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) C4ISTAR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information/Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting Acquisition and Reconnaissance).

But the letter insisted that Hanwha is developing its own “Link 16 with CMS that will be validated within 2019”, before the delivery of the first frigate in 2020.

The letter also belied the supposed claim of the Navy that Hanwha “doesn’t have export records out of Korea” and listed the Royal Malaysian Navy and the Korean Navy as some of its clients.

Navy insists on Tacticos Thales

In Empedrad’s letter to Duterte, he said that the FAP PMT “preferred Tacticos CMS over Naval Shield ICMS” because Tacticos CMS “is one of the leading Combat Management Systems in the world considering that it is being used by 23 foreign countries to over 172 ships.”

Tacticos CMS is also compatible with the TDL 16 requirement of the AFP, while “Hanwha’s Naval Shield ICMS’ compatibility with TDL 16 is still under development phase but could not be operational by 2019,” Empedrad said.

“HTC’s claim that many countries using Tacticos have been suffering from their poor support of logistics and upgrade of their outdated CMS cannot be validated for there is no available verified report which supports said allegation,” he said.

“In addition, there have been repeat orders from Germany, Indonesia, and Turkey that indicate their satisfaction on Tacticos CMS,” Empedrad told the President.

Empedrad also said that while HTC offers to provide a “most economic and effective logistics and upgrade, etc” it was something that would need to be validated “later on.”

“In view of the foregoing, the Frigate Acquisition Project PMT sustains its preference on Tacticos of Thales Nederlands as the CMS for the two (2) PN Frigates,” Empedrad said.

He also attached to the letter to Duterte a power point presentation “for the detailed justifications.”

Empedrad is now the acting Navy flag officer-in-command after the unceremonious firing of Mercado on Dec. 19, supposedly for pushing for Tacticos Thales as the Navy frigate’s CMS supplier when the Department of Defense had already chosen Hanwha Thales Co.

Curiously, the HTC consortium was dissolved in October 2016, and Hanwha renamed itself as “Hanwha Systems.”

The Thales Group is a French multinational company that caters to the aerospace, defense, transportation and security markets.

See full article Inquirer

37 komentar:

  1. Gamang pilih CMS, padahal sama-sama Thales nya.. :p

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    1. Thales yg orijinal cuma di Bogor doang mas.. 😊

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    2. Yoi bro,

      Tinggal pilih versinya, mo yang rebus, goreng atau bakar.

      Hwekekekek....asem.

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    3. Hahahahaha kasihin Trio "Tri Maskenthir" DPS (*Dein, Scan, Paul) aja mas.. mereka doyan yg rada gosong2 dikit ujungnya 😅😅😅😅

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    4. kripik talas wuyy koneng warnanya haha!😍😍😍

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    5. Indon dah gelisah bila tengok jiran beli aset baru..keh keh keh.. lepas ni indon AKAN beli destroyer dari korea tu.... hehheheh.. jgn lupa beli bateri sekali tau.... hahhahah

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    6. Malon makin gelisah Fregat hanya di lengkapi meriam 57 mm untuk tembak sotong.. Tengok Jiran ko lon Frigate meriam nya besar2 wakikikik

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    7. Malon senjatanya balon kuning yg asli songlap
      kehkehkeh...

      Hapus
    8. Ala setakat frigate indon pakai gun je... usahkan malaysia.. pinoy pun tak heran la.. sian kat indon kan.. pakai replika gun je...😆😆😆😆😆😆

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    9. Malon ada Wang tak beli Meriam besar dan beli CIWS kih kih kih

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    10. Malon ada frigate modern di kawasan yaitu frigate scorpene ngapung terus cem tai Wkwkwk

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    11. Meriam besar atau kecil pun takde masalah sgt bagi kami.. setakat kapal indon yg guna senjata dan misil replika ... pakai lastik pun leh tenggelam tau....mat rempit cerita lagi pasal scorpene ke...alahai nagapasa pun takde bateri pakkkkk.. timbul cam banana bot juga.. 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆

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    12. Misil replika yang bisa hancurkan kapal ya lon..😆😆😆😆
      https://m.detik.com/news/foto-news/d-3732229/tni-al-uji-coba-rudal-c-705-di-laut-bali

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LBuxdCHRKHE

      Ini baru Real banana boat tak tenggelam cam najis..😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆

      http://www.militaryofmalaysia.net/2010/02/kapal-selam-tidak-boleh-menyelam/

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    13. Poor Indon Navy guna Mercun sebagai ganti rudal!!
      Muahahahha!!

      Hapus
    14. Malon ada Wang tak untuk beli CIWS kih kih kih

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  2. gegare CMS, KSAL filipin dicopot. kalo baca isu2 blog sana ada, ksal ogah pake cms koryo. ada tertulis pd secarik kertas al pgn kayak kita, pake thales.
    kesian, bliau malah dituduh macem2 haizz!😞😞😞

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    1. jadi inget babehnya om smili, hidoopppp awewe euyy haha!bebaskan awewe🤣🤣🤣

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    2. “In addition, there have been repeat orders from Germany, Indonesia, and Turkey that indicate their satisfaction on Tacticos CMS,” Empedrad told the President.

      Wow... repeat order bro.. negara poor (kata forum negeri jiran) kok bisa sejajar sama German dan Turki hihihi...

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    3. apalagi mo ripit order leo, sama jg tuch pesertanya haha!maknyus dach😅😅😅

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    4. Iki maksute opo sih hasil comot di link sebelah ?

      Susah lho cari sekenhen nya musti rebutan sama Polandia..

      "....dan kami juga akan membeli beberapa tambahan tank Leopard,” ujar KSAD Jenderal TNI Mulyono

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    5. klu sejajar sama German & turkey om super..berarti bukan miskin lah..tapi negara kaya..atau minimal tinggal selangkah jadi negara 1st world..

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    6. yaa ituw tadi om super, pesan ulang haha!😀😀😀
      mayan buat ratain jalan baru ntar di papua ama di kalimantan seblom di lelehin aspal haha!🎃🎃🎃

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    7. Gak lah bro AP kita masih Poor bro.... nanti kalo beneran naek 3 percent barulah ada tanda2 menjadi negara Rich. 😊

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    8. knapa gak Di naik 3% skrg om?? klu mau tunggu kaya...brarti pendapatan rakyat tmasuk tentara ikut tinggi kan..liat aja Singapore...regular mereka gak sampai 100ribu...tentera reserve aja yg byk..klu Indonesia,xkan mau pake 100ribu aja bro..

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    9. Hehehhe ya karena kita masih poor bro... gak sanggup naik ke 3 percent 😀

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  3. Kapal Pinoy kena ada CIWS baru power.. kata mat rempit la... 😆😆😆😆

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    1. Malon kayaknya minta donasi ciws ya lon..?
      Kehkehkeh..

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    2. Apa barang ada ciws pakkk... tanpa ciws pun kami boleh tangkap pasukan katak alias berudu indon yg melanun pakai bot je...😆😆😆😆😆😆😆

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    3. Dengan 2 ekor pasukan katak di ambalat TLDM malon ketakutan.. Meriam 57mm nelayan China tak takut lah wakikikik

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    4. Kata Dein kapal malon tak perlu CIWS kerana dah ada power canon buluh bambu Wkwkwk....

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    5. Malaysia takde pasukan katak pakkkk... mat rempit marah ke pasal ciws ni... kah kah kah...pakai ciws tapi takde misil tak guna gak kan.. malaysia pakai meriam buluh pun kapal indon tenggelam nanti... 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆

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    6. Dein busok hati@ ada link tak kapal indonesia tak de missile,kl meko malon ompong tak de missile aq ada linknya...eleh cakap banyak ko lon,nak hadapi nelayan cinapun ATM takot lari tercirit2 Wkwkwk

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    7. Meriam buluh malon pelik memang.. Dengan Nelayan China saja takut kih kih kih

      Hapus
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    1. http://www.kemenperin.go.id/artikel/10567/Pemerintah-Kembangkan-Industri-Mesin-Kapal

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