Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Philippine Airforce acquires unmanned aerial system from US

The Philippine Airforce acquired ScanEagle unmanned aerial system from United States of America.

Earlier today, the new 6 military drones was formally turned over to the Philippines in the presence of US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim.

Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the ScanEagle drones will be used in the troops internal security operations, counter-terrorism and maritime patrol.

He also said that, this acquisition of ScanEagle is one way to modernize the military to deter those who want to wage war against our country.

Lorenzana adds that the drones will also be utilized to improve the government’s response before and after typhoons and other natural disasters particularly in estimating the areas damaged by calamities or even locations of victims and survivors.

They can also help authorities to curb illegal logging and illegal fishing activities through aerial surveys.

The two officials believes that the drones represent the strenght of the Philippines and US partnership in terms of defense capability enhancement.

“We profoundly desire to maintain our strong connection and camaraderie with the United States as well as to expand common interest and handle differences with understanding and respect.” said the secretary.

US ambassador Sung Kim states that these assets would be very useful in improving AFP’s capability to detect terrorist activities, piracy and territorial encroachment.

The units, which come as part of one system, are equipped with two cameras and can stay in the air for maximum of 24 hours.

The six drones were financed through a $13.7 million grant from the US's foreign military assistance program.

Monday, November 20, 2017

3 MMRVs from Japan commissioned alongside PH Coast Guard’s 116th year

Alongside the Philippine Coast Guard’s 116th anniversary, three Multi-role Response Vessels were commissioned namely MRRV-4404 Capones, MRRV-4406 Suluan and MRRV-4407 Sindangan.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is likely to send three Multi-role Response Vessels (MRRV) it acquired from Japan to the West Philippine Sea.

The Japanese government also formally handed over to the PCG three 7- meter rigid hull inflatable boats in show of support to the Philippine Coast Guard’s role in implementing law and security in the coastal regions of the country.

Four MRRV are still to be delivered to the Philippines by the Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA to complete the ten vessels promised by Japan.

According to national security secretary Hermogenes Esperon, one of the priorities for the deployment of the coast guard is the patrol of the West Philippine Sea.

They plan to send the vessels in the area likely in January or February after the training of the PCG. 

“We will have more coast guard ships for deployment nationwide especially in Cebu passage or in the tri-boundaries in Malaysia and Indonesia where we had the kidnappings before. With this, we can strengthen our trilateral maritime patrol to ward off kidnappers and other illegal activities that are proliferating every time we are not on patrol". said Sec Hermogenes Esperon.

According to PCG spokesperson Captain Armand Balilo, they are also planning to meet Chinese Coast Guards in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) to test the inter-operability of the two countries.

He said that part of the possible deployment of the MRRV would be in southern Philippines to combat piracy but according to Commodore Joel Garcia, he is contemplating of using them to patrol in West Philippine Sea. Which is also good, as our relationship with the Chinese Coast Guard is getting better.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

President Duterte receives military aid from Russia

The Russian government awards new military equipment including assault rifles, ammunition and military trucks. 

20 new multipurpose military trucks were awarded by the government of Russia to the Philippines.

They are proofs of the improving ties between Manila and Moscow under the Duterte administration.

The equipment are expected to further improve the capacity of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

In addition to these, five thousand AK-74M Kalashnikov assault rifles, one million ammunition, and five thousand steel helmets were also given to equip the Filipino soldiers in fighting terrorism. 

President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the turn over of the military donations at the port of Manila together with the Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu.  

The chief executive also had a shipboard and air defense system tour inside Admiral Pantaleev.

According to national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon, this is part of intensifying alliance of the Philippines with many countries.

Esperon also pointed out that the donated military equipment will provide diversity to our kind of training. That should be a welcome addition because we get more exposure to different technologies as well as techniques.

The United States of America is not worried with the enhanced relationship of the Philippines with China and Russia.

US ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says President Duterte has clarified that although the Philippines is having better relationship with China and Russia, he assures that the alliance between US and the Philippines will remain strong.  

"So frankly, I am not really threatened by this notion that China or Russia are providing some military equipment to the Philippines. We have been providing very important equipment to the Philippines for many, many years". Ambassador Sung Kim said.