Contract for Upgrade of Del Pilar Class Figates Awarded

August 23, 2019 – A South Korean defense manufacturer has won the contract for the Philippine Navy’s Del Pilar Class Frigate Upgrade Project to beef up the ship’s electronic capabilities and patrolling operations, the Department of National Defense said on Friday. Based on the Notice of Award posted on DND’s official website, the project will be awarded to Hanwha Systems Co., Ltd. “This is to inform you that the proposal of Hanwha Systems Co., Ltd. for the Del Pilar Class Frigate Upgrade Acquisition Project of the Philippine Navy, with a…

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Philippines Navy’s First Two ASW Helicopters to Arrive in May

February 1, 2019 – The Philippine Navy’s (PN) first two anti-submarine helicopters, the AgustaWestland AW-159 “Wildcat”, are set to arrive in May. “Anti-submarine helicopters are in the process of being acquired (and) additional info from the PN (said) they will arrive in May 2019,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) when sought for an update on the aircraft Thursday night. These aircraft, upon integration, will provide the PN the capability to detect, monitor and if necessary, engage surface and sub-surface threats. Earlier…

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Philippines Navy Orders MILGEM Corvette

December 19, 2019 – The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) of the Republic of Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defense cooperation on Tuesday. Included in this deal are the construction of one MILGEM corvette and one T-129 attack helicopter. The signing took place at Philippine Air Force headquarters in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said in a message to reporters. The MOU was signed by DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana for the Philippines and President of Defense…

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Philippines and Australia agree to enhanced counter terrorism cooperation

The Australian Defence Force will expand its assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to strengthen its long-term ability to combat terrorist threats and prevent the spread of Daesh to our region. Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne said ADF mobile training teams will begin providing urban warfare counter-terrorism training in the Philippines in the coming days. The agreement comes after five months of fierce fighting in the Southern Philippines city Marawi, which was seized by Daesh-aligned terrorists in May. Minister Payne welcomed the announcement by the…

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HMAS Adelaide hosts President Duterte in the Philippines

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, the Secretary for National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and a delegation of senior government and military officials visited HMAS Adelaide today as Australia continues to work closely with the Government of the Philippines to counter the threat of terrorism in the region. Australia has a long history working with neighbouring nations including the Philippines to maintain regional security and counter terrorism in the Indo-Pacific. In June 2017, Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft commenced surveillance flights over the southern Philippines to collect information that is assisting…

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