Philippines Government Clears Ambitious Phase 2 Armed Forces Modernization Plan

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

The Philippines Department of National Defense (DoND) confirmed on June 20 that the second phase of the most recent 15-year, three-phase Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Act has received approval from President Rodrigo Duterte. Continue reading

Philippines Eyes 14 Percent Defense Budget Increase for 2017

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

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The government of the Philippines aims to bolster the country’s defense budget by 14 percent under its fiscal year 2017 proposal. The latest assumptions put forth by the government cover a PHP3.35 trillion ($71.9 billion) national budget for FY17 that includes a PHP130.6 billion ($2.8 billion) earmark for the Department of National Defense (DND).  If approved by the country’s bicameral Congress, the nominal top-up to the current 2016 defense allocation of PHP111.5 billion ($2.52 billion) would amount to 14 percent year-on-year. Continue reading

As China Worries Grow, Philippine Government Plans 48% Hike in Defense Budget for 2016

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast InternationalPhilippine FlagThe Philippine government of President Benigno Aquino is pushing a national budget for 2016 that includes a record PHP25 billion ($552 million) earmark for the country’s ongoing military modernization effort. The long-neglected modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has become of paramount concern to Manila in light of China’s ongoing military expansion and maritime ambitions in the South China Sea. Those ambitions continue to butt heads with the Philippines’ competing territorial claims over the Spratly Islands and the Scarborough Shoal. Continue reading

Philippine Department of National Defense Terminates UH-1 Contract, Blacklists Supplier

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst , Forecast International.

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UH-1 Helicopter

Following a furor sparked by a series run by Philippine daily The Manila Times, which exposed the shadiness of a 21-unit procurement of UH-1 helicopters, the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has cancelled the PHP1.263 billion ($28.5 million) deal. In addition, the DND has ordered the blacklisting of the contracted supplier – a joint venture combining Rice Aircraft Services and Eagle Copters Ltd – from further bidding on future Philippine defense projects.

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