May 23, 2018

Philippine Navy to Receive Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar


BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) during exercise with US Navy


Saab will supply its Sea Giraffe AMB naval radar system to the US Navy (USN) as part of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal between the United States and the Philippines.

The radar system will be installed on two Philippine Navy frigates – BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) – both of which are former US Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutters, said the company in a 21 May statement. The sale also includes Saab’s 9LV combat management system for radar control and display for enhanced situational awareness.



Chesapeake 2018-Rafale Marine return home









May 22, 2018

Teamwork at its finest





North Korea flight attendants are welcoming reporters to observe nuke site dismantling










Launch of Third Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Sydney






Today’s launch and formal naming of the third and final Air Warfare Destroyer, Sydney, showcases the success of the AWD Program.

The milestone marks a 60 per cent productivity improvement from the first ship to the third ship since the implementation of the Government-led reform initiative.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said today’s achievement shows the strength of the shipbuilding and systems integration skills which have been developed by the AWD Program.

“Today we celebrate the highly skilled workers from ASC, Raytheon Australia, Navantia Australia and Defence,” Minister Pyne said.

“It’s difficult to imagine just ten years ago, this shipyard at Osborne was a brownfield site with no infrastructure.”Since then more than 5,000 people have worked directly on the AWD Program to build and integrate three of the most capable and potent warships the Navy has ever possessed.”

“This is underpinned by the 1,500 suppliers who have supported the AWD Alliance in its efforts to exceed Australian Industry Capability targets for the overall Program.”

The lessons, skills and experience developed throughout the AWD Program will deliver low risk solutions and real cost savings for Australia’s future complex naval programs.

“The AWD Alliance is on track to deliver the second ship Brisbane to the Commonwealth in coming months, followed by the delivery of Sydney next year.”

Philippine Navy’s Jacinto Class on Track to Conclude Combat Systems Restoration in 2018





A third phase to extend service life of the Philippine Navy’s Jacinto-class corvettes is expected to complete by end-2018. Restorations are expected to cap a multiphase series of upgrade efforts that have been ongoing since the mid-2000s.

A project to restore combat systems of the Philippine Navy’s fleet of three Jacinto (Peacock)-class corvettes is on track for completion by end-2018.

The restoration and sustainment works are done under Phase 3 of a service life extension programme (SLEP) that began in the mid-2000s. Under this stage, which has been further divided into Phase 3A and Phase 3B due to fiscal considerations, weapons and fire-control systems on each of the vessels are being repaired and refurbished with new components where required.


AFP Plans Naval Base, Backs Research at Philippine Rise





The Armed Forces of the Philippines wants to build a naval base in Casiguran to guard against foreign intrusions on Philippine Rise off the coast of Aurora province.

“That is on the planning board,” Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, the head of the Northern Luzon Command, said on Wednesday.

Salamat said he also proposed the upgrade of port facilities to maintain the military’s presence in order to support efforts “to secure, preserve and conserve our rich resources here in Philippine Rise.”

Big ships, such as frigates and strategic sealift vessels like the BRP Davao del Sur, were needed to patrol the vast region.

“All area commands require this kind of [naval] platform to be able to ensure the protection and preservation of our natural resources and secure our territory,” he pointed out.

He hoped that the national government would provide the resources to improve the AFP’s “sea power.”

Big ships, such as frigates and strategic sealift vessels like the BRP Davao del Sur, were needed to patrol the vast region.

The Navy also will be backing scientific research.

Support committed

“All area commands require this kind of [naval] platform to be able to ensure the protection and preservation of our natural resources and secure our territory,” he pointed out.He hoped that the national government would provide the resources to improve the AFP’s “sea power.”

The Navy also will be backing scientific research at Philippine Rise.

Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna said President Duterte has committed support to underwater researchers and would be given full use of the BRP Gregorio Velasquez, a research vessel capable of conducting oceanographic and hydrographic survey.

“Just make a request and the Navy, the Coast Guard, our boats are ready,” Luna said.

The ship was commissioned by the Navy in June 2016. It was named after a Philippine physiology pioneer and national scientist, Gregorio Velasquez.

Then US President Barack Obama committed to provide the ship to the Philippines during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in 2015.

Gil Jacinto of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute said he hoped that the research to be undertaken on Philippine Rise would be institutionalized.

“Work here will take us not only a couple of years, it will take decades. It is not for our generation only, it is for the next generation,” Jacinto explained.

The rise is a submarine prolongation of Luzon, extending up to 589 kilometers from the eastern Philippine seaboard. Its reefscapes—containing corals, algae, sponges and Halimeda—sustain a variety of fish including the Pacific bluefin tuna.

Its seabed is believed to hold cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts, hydrothermal polymetallic sulfides and gas hydrates.


Arrival of VL MICA and Exocet Missiles for TNI-AL







PT. FPS Indonesia successfully handled a project shipment of ammunition to include: 3 VL MICA, 1  Exocet missiles, and weapon spare parts from Chateauroux France to Surabaya, Indonesia for the Indonesian Navy.

To facilitate the shipment FPS Indonesia arranged for a Boeing 747 through airline operator ACG for transport.

FPS Indonesia is experienced in transporting military shipments and has carried out many shipments for the Indonesian military. With the most recent shipment FPS Indonesia has handled:
-MICA and Exocet missiles from France
-90mm ammunition and Tarantula vehicle from Belgium
-Oerlikon 30mm ammunition from South Korea
-C-212 & C-235 engines from Spain
-F-16 spare parts from USA
-Torpedoes from Italy
-Trimaran missiles from China
-Radar systems from Canada
-Military Land Rover and spare parts from the UK

PT FPS Indonesia does more than military shipments and has also worked with the Indonesian government to support the Indonesian Railway by handling the carriage of train cars from factory to arrangement sites.
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