Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said his government is eyeing the acquisition of 23 new attack helicopters to counter terrorism and rebellion.
“I would ask military officials to scout for the new helicopters and other military equipment,” Duterte was quoted as saying by Abs-Cbn news portal Wednesday. He said during a speech in front of wounded soldiers at the Army General Hospital in Taguig City.
He also reiterated his vow not to purchase secondhand hardware. “I am ordering new ones in the next few months… I am in a hurry,” he said.
The President has been repeatedly expressing his desire to leave a “strong military” after his 6-year presidency, especially in the wake of the Marawi siege, which tested Filipino troops in urban warfare.
UK based Cohort SEA has recently won an order to provide Torpedo Launcher Systems (TLS) for two new frigates of the Philippines Navy and is providing TLS and weapons handling systems for Combatant Ships under construction for Malaysia. This follows the supply of a TLS for the Royal Thai Navys latest frigate, which was built by DSME in South Korea
Russia on Wednesday donated military equipment and trucks to the Philippines in a handover ceremony held in the port of Manila, on board the Russian Pacific Fleets large antisubmarine warfare ship Admiral Panteleyev. The transfer of military products includes 20 units of multi-purpose vehicles, 5,000 units of AK-74M Kalashnikov assault rifles, 1 million units of ammunition and 5,000 units of steel helmets
Moscow and Manila have signed a contract for the delivery of the Russian-made RPG-7B grenade launchers and ammunition to the Philippines. The contract was signed by Russias Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev and Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana in the presence of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, TASS reported
China will likely donate four fast boats to Manila to be operated in the high risk waters of the Sulu Sea, the Southern Philippines region. "They're also giving us fast boats to be used in the Sulu Seas
Kelvin Hughes is to supply Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) two SharpEye navigation radars along with multifunction bridge radar displays for the Philippine Navys Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP). The Philippine Navy FAP was awarded to HHI in October 2016 to build two 2,600 ton frigates for hand over starting in 2020
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has received the first of the three twin-engine Bell 429 helicopters. “We will officially commission today a brand new air asset to bolster the operational capability of the PNP in addressing criminality, terrorism, and other police emergencies that require air ground operations,” Outgoing PNP chief Dir
The United States handed over six ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) through a foreign military financing grant, in a ceremony held on March 13, at the Villamor Air Base, the PAF headquarters in Pasay City. The grant is estimated at $13
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his countrys Ministry of Defence to cancel a deal to buy 16 Helicopters from Bell Canada after Ottawa threatened to hold up export clearance on Manilas human rights record. "I am directing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) not to buy anymore (military equipment) from Canada or from the United States because there is always a condition attached," Duterte said during the course of a press conference in Davao City
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