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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Philippine Air Force will acquire new warplanes by 2014

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Philippine Air Force OV-10 attack aircraft prepares for take off during the 65th founding anniversary of the Philippine Air Force at Fernando Air Base in Lipa City, Batangas on Friday July 6, 2012

The Philippines, which is now embroiled in a territorial dispute with China, is set to acquire new warplanes in two years to upgrade its poorly-equipped air force, the defense minister said Friday.

Attack aircraft, lead-in fighter-trainers, attack helicopters and light and medium transport aircraft were all expected to be delivered within two years, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said.

Speaking at the 65th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force, Gazmin said "these aircraft shall once and for all, erase the ironic and naughty commentary that our present airforce is all air, devoid of force."

The defense department also plans to sign contracts by July 31 to implement 138 military modernization projects over the next five years, he added, without saying how much the contracts would cost or who would supply such equipment.

The Philippines has one of the most poorly-equipped militaries in the region, having retired the last of its fighter jets in 2005.

The weakness of the military was highlighted when the Philippines got into a standoff with China in April over the Scarborough Shoal, an outcropping of rocks in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) that both countries claim as their territory.

China claims nearly all of the West Philippine Sea, even waters close to the coasts of neighboring countries. The Philippines says the shoal is well within its 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone.

The two countries also have wider territorial disputes over parts of the Spratly islands in the West Philippine Sea .

Gazmin did not mention the territorial dispute but stressed that air force personnel were all over the archipelago, including the West Philippine Sea.

The Philippines has looked to its main defense ally, the United States, to help it upgrade its armed forces but President Benigno Aquino said in an interview in May, that it was looking for aircraft from outside the US as well.

12 Responses so far

  1. Anonymous says:

    1st.

  2. Anonymous says:

    hahahhaa contest? :P

  3. Robert UUeb says:

    Pansin ko lang new face ang site na to, I could not recognize it anymore. Wala na yung flag na gumagalaw napalitan ng steady.. naka dikit na parang may glue stick.

    Pero may new features.. complete ang Government link. Now ko lang nalalaman na meron palang website si Kapitan ng aming Barangay pero wala ang name nya doon.

  4. Anonymous says:

    antagal nman ng 2014, puede ba i-epedite ang negotiations and agreements. masyado na kc ako apektado ng pambu-bully ng mga tsekwa! wala silang karapatan na laitin si juan dela cruz, abusado na tlaga sila.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Una sabi sa end of 2013 may airforce fighter na ngayon naman sabi sa 2014 pa darating ano ba tong gobyerno na niloloko lang ang taong bayan?
    Pati yong mga ship na sabi darating nitong end of this year baka ni isa walang darating sabi pa sa Italy nag acquire ng Lipo class at maestrale so we hope that,

  6. Anonymous says:

    Meron naman tayong na acquire recently 12 yun pero for delivery pa yung TA50 kaya lang trainer jet yun, hindi yun pang gyera. Pero pwede din sya magagamit sa pang gyera convertible yun eh pero advantage talaga pag war plane ang meron.

    Yung War planes sa 2014 pa yun dadating kasi kakatapos pa lang mag permahan ang contract. ang Source nun is Russia, UK, Italy and Poland.

    Sa ngayon wala pa talagang capability na masasabing ganun.

    Hindi naman kai madali ang pag purchase kahit maraming pera ang Pilipinas, e negotiate pa yan. mad minadali na nga ngayon eh, dati isang term ng Pangulo iilan lang ma bili pero ngayon parang mas mabilis ang process.

    Hintay hintay lang tayo, di naman tayo nag iisa may naka bantay din sa atin na mga katabing bansa.

    Ayaw din nilang matatalo tayo ng china kung aatake man kasi pag natatalo tayo mahihirapan na rin silang controling ang expansion ng china papunta sa bansa nila.

    Philippines is the last toughest enemy of china to move forward kaya maraming naka bantay sa atin. Japan and USA ay naka bantay yan palagi sa mga movement ng china at ipina alam din agad sa Pilipinas

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hindi naman sa Niloloko tayo ng Gobyerno.

    Kita nyo naman, ang bansa natin ay parang flying with colors now..

    may mga additional na armed upgrade na

    may na deliver na attack helicopters


    talagang delay lang talaga kasi may batas na sinusunod eh.mag protesta na namn yung mga kaliweti diyan pag may bypass..

  8. Anonymous says:

    E pag delay ano ang daawin di ba pukpukin ang nagdedelay para sa immediate armaments hindi yan kesyo delay na pabayaan lang e lalong kukupad yan kita nyo ang nagyari sa nakaraan administrasyon anong nagyari may nabili ba na armament wala kasi ganyan mga hunghang ang mga opesyal.
    sa loob ng sampung taon ni arroyo humigit kumulang anong nabili nya di ba wala kahit saranggola lang sana para may ipagmalaki sya pero wala e. si Ramos aanong achievement nya wala rin korapsyon din ang kagalingan nya ay yabang.
    Buti pa ang bangladesh ang navy nya hindi basta basta e ang pinas may sinasabi ba wala talaga puro lang dada kulang sa gawa.matuto naman kayo na magpahalaga sa bayan.ayusin nyo ng mabuti at mabilis ang pag restore ng defense.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Mga kababayan mag iingat kayo parang kampana sa pandinig ng ibang bansa ang warning ni Pnoy sa mga Tsekwa na yan.

    Lahat ng bansa na sumusubaybay sa Pilipinas na bigla sa sinabi ng Pnoy na ang teliling na inskto diyan sa manila na "Watch your word" Fist time nangyari na nagbitiw ng salita Si Pres ng Ganyan kaya on eyes ang mga Other President sa Phils now kasi biglang kumalma ang tsekwa na parang may ibang kakailbang balak.

    Ingat lang kayo diyan. naka patay na sili ng mg fisherman sa teretoryo natin diyan mismo sa payaw natin at di natin alam ano ang nasa utak ng palasyo now

  10. Anonymous says:

    puro kayo satsat dyan .mag OFW kayo para makatulong man lang nang konti sa bansang pilipinas,nagising na ang pilipinas sa mahabang tulog,medyo may konti pang antok,i believe philippines will rise 20 years from now,magpasalamat tayo sa china ,kung hindi dahil sa china hindi magising sa katotohanan ang pilipinas,tama yan bumili tayo nang pang gyera at lis mamatay na lumalaban kaysa mamatay na walang kalabanlaban,i firing squad kawawa naman tayo kung ganon.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Tama yan ginawa mo pnoy dapat matatag ka at matapang na sa tama lang ha,sikat na ang pilipinas ngayon,pagkakataon muna para iangat mo p,noy.Wag mong pahiyain ang yong ina c corazon aquino.

  12. Anonymous says:

    how i wish na mklipad na itong newly acquired 5th generation trainer jet sa ting teritoryo pra nman mai-angat at moral ni juan dela cruz. now pa lang sana ipadala na rin sa south korea mga pilots ntin in advance training, pra pag handover ng jet planes bihasa na cla at hindi na mangangapa, pra maka adopt agad cla kung may emergencies. suggestion lng po. at bilib ako kay PNOY at sa kanyang cabinet members maaasahan cla! wag po kau magpapapasok ng mga bulok pra di macra ang inyong inumpisahan sa pag unlad ng ating bayan. mabuhay po kayong lahat! proud po ako.

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