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Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization News

January 25, 2015 - In the blog Max Defense and in the website Rappler,
it was  reported that the Philippine Navy Frigate Ramon Alcaraz finally got
its 25mm Mk. 38 Mod. 2 close-in weapons system installed.The Mk. 38
Mod. 2 gun system is a remote manually controlled 25mm gun station
commonly found on US Navy ships

Jabuary 22, 2015 - The ceremonial first steel cutting of the Philippine
navy's strategic sealift vessel was held today. The construction of this
ship is set to be delivered in 2016. The second ship is expected to be
delivered in 2017. An Agusta Westland 109 helicopter will be embark
in this vessel although it can accomodate 3.

December 28, 2015 - The latest news in Philippines armed forces
modernization is that the Philippine Navy received the delivery of 2
AW-109E power helicopters from the company Agusta last December
28. These will be armed. The Philippine Navy has now 5 AW-109
helicopters, 2 of which is permanently embark on its 2 Gregorio Del
Pillar class frigates. The other 3 will probably be land based until other
bigger ships arrived.

Aside from the 2 Philippine Navy helicopters, the Philippine Air Force
also received delivery of 2 out of the 8 helicopters it ordered from
Agusta Westland.

The armed forces of the Philippines is slowly building up its inventory
of helicopters, ships and other equipments for territorial defense and
humanitarian aide and disaster relief.

The two new frigates that the navy intends to operate is in the latter
stages of the bidding process after which the awarding of the project
to the successful company. These two frigates according to the navy
will be armed for anti-surface and anti-submarine operation.

It was recently reported in major Philippine newspapers that two C-130
planes will soon be transferred by the US Air Force to the Philippine
Air Force probably by the year 2016. After this delivery, the
Philippine Air Force will now have 5 operational C-130.

It was also reported that the Philippine Army ordered $18 million worth
of tactical communication radios for its light armored division. These
will modernize the Philippine Army by enhancing its command and control
and situational awareness for real-time decision-making.

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