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    Quote Originally Posted by Mouldingo View Post
    Wished PAF purchased the Eurocopter EC 145 instead of this rather antiquated piece of metal.
    Sokol is actually a fairly new helos(production started in the 80's) and is actually a rather capable helos in it's category(ec 145 is a light transport helos similar to bell 206 or agusta a109)

    it is quite cheap and should be considered as an option to replace the bulk of huey in PAF inventory.and don't underestimate the polish military equipment



    thanks for the pic though

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    Military grounds MG-520s after near crash in Zamboanga



    ZAMBOANGA City, Philippines - The Philippine Air Forces (PAF) on Thursday grounded all its M5-520 attack helicopters following an incident in Zamboanga City on Wednesday.
    "MG-520s are currently grounded as per procedure until investigation is over and the cause is determined," Lt. Col. Miguel Okol, PAF spokesman, told ABS-CBN Zamboanga.
    An MG-520 helicopter piloted by Maj. Rover Sobrino together with his student pilot Capt. Edwinparcia encountered an engine trouble during a training flight around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
    Sobrino said that after they detected that the chopper was having an engine trouble, he and his student decided to land it to a vegetated area in Barangay Talisayan, Zamboanga City.
    The 2 pilots survived the emergency landing.
    Okol said the PAF has a total of 30 MG-520 attack helicopters. He said 11 of the choppers have been involved in "incidents," 7 of which are being recovered, repaired or programmed to be repaired.
    He added that 3 of the attack helicopters have been "written off entirely."
    Maj. Gen. Horacio Lino, 3rd Air Division commander, meanwhile, said the grounding of the attack helicopters might affect ongoing military operations in Mindanao.
    Lino said the MG-520s are usually dispatched to reinforce troops engaged in clashes with armed groups in the south
    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/re...rash-zamboanga
    Last edited by Mouldingo; 06-10-2010 at 09:36 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mouldingo View Post
    Military grounds MG-520s after near crash in Zamboanga
    Are there any source article or news about this incident mate??

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    Air Force’s helicopter gunship makes emergency landing; pilots safe

    ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—An MG520 helicopter gunship had an emergency landing in a beach in Talisayan village here around 2:40 p.m., Wednesday, after encountering engine trouble.
    Brigadier General Horacio Lapinid, commander of the Philippine Air Force's 3rd Air Division, said the pilots of the plane—a Major Sabrino and a Captain Parcia—were on "an element lead training" and flew from Edwin Andrews Airbase here.
    As they were hovering over Talisayan, the helicopter's engine developed trouble, Lapinid said.
    The pilots were forced to do an emergency landing, he said.
    Lapinid said the aircraft's engine was damaged due to the impact of the landing but the pilots were safe.
    He said a team of PAF investigators from Sangley Point in Cavite would be arriving soon to determine what caused the engine trouble.
    The fleet of the PAF is all ageing with crashes—some of them fatal—occurring every now and then.
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ng-pilots-safe

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    Here's a couple of pics of the MG-520:




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    That is why the Philippine Air Force is looking for the replacement of MD520 for their AH.. As of now, 3 helo are being discuss:
    MD530 Littlebird, AH-1 Cobra from Israel and armed version of Sokol W-3 from Poland.

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    The new President of the Philippines
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    President Benigno Aquino III salutes as he reviews troops shortly after taking his oath as the Philippines' 15th president, Wednesday, June 30, 2010, in Manila, Philippines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabaya597 View Post
    A bunch of Photos from the various Branches of the AFP:

    Philippine Army:
    AIFV:





    AIFV based Recovery Vehicle:


    Simba AFVs:






    M113:


    Troopers from the Light Reaction Company:



    Philippine Marines:
    V-150:



    Philippine Airforce:
    OV-10 and C130:

    SF 260:

    OV-10:

    OV10s and MD-520s

    MD 520:

    S211

    UH-1H:



    Philippine Navy:
    BO-105

    BRP Rajah Humabon

    BRP Apolinario Mabini

    BRP Bacolod City
    Your pictures of the Simba APC and the AIFV recovery vehicle were taken by my group during an exercise with the LAD. Im actually in that picture, the one gawking at the AIFV recovery vehicle with a black cap. hehehe. Nice pictures though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGLSwagger View Post
    Your pictures of the Simba APC and the AIFV recovery vehicle were taken by my group during an exercise with the LAD. Im actually in that picture, the one gawking at the AIFV recovery vehicle with a black cap. hehehe. Nice pictures though.
    Hope you join this forum sir.. http://www.timawa.net and http://www.timawa.net/forums

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    Where are the credits for those images? Your are violating forum rules

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    I actually apologized on timawa sir, if i recall i said it on the afp equipments thread afew months back, again, im sorry for posting without proper credits, now if you want, i can take down all photos i posted

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    One less aircraft to an already struggling airforce...

    2 pilots eject before PAF plane crashes

    July 19, 2010, 5:55pm
    CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – Two Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilots cheated death on Monday when they ejected just in time before their S-211 trainer aircraft crashed in a sugarcane field in Concepcion, Tarlac.
    Lieutenant Colonel Miguel Okol, PAF spokesman, identified the two as Lt. Jose Wilbert Leonides P. Martinez, pilot; and Major Wilfred Babbit A. Donato, pilot-instructor.
    They both belong to the Air Defense Wing’s 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron based in Clark Air Force Base.
    Okol said Martinez and Donato were on a training missing when the incident occurred around 11 a.m. in the vicinity of Sitio Ligaya, Barangay Santiago in Concepcion.
    “Two pilots of an S-211 of the Air Division Wing (ADW) on a training mission ejected safely over Tarlac this morning and were promptly rescued and airlifted back to Clark Air Base at around 11:45 a.m.,” Okol said in his text message to the Manila Bulletin.
    Chief Superintendent Arturo G. Cacdac Jr., Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director, said emergency teams based in Clark aided the two pilots.
    Cacdac said the plane, with Tail No. 211.09005, was on its way to Clark after a training session in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, when it crashed.
    Okol said probers from the PAF’s Aircraft Crash Investigation Team had been dispatched to the crash site to determine the cause of the incident.
    Meanwhile, PAF chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena immediately ordered the grounding of all their S-211 aircrafts pending the outcome of the investigation.
    With the recent crash, the PAF is now left with only six S-211s including three that are undergoing maintenance.
    The Aermacchi S-211 is a small tandem two-seat aircraft that is powered by a Pratt and Whitney JT15D-C turbofan. The aircraft was designed as a secondary close air support capability that can be armed for weapons training or light ground attack duties.
    A total of 25 S-211’s were purchased by the PAF in the late 1980s, including 15 that were assembled locally by the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation.
    Due to accidents, six planes remain in service although only three are air worthy.
    In February, two PAF pilots died when an OV Bronco attack aircraft of the air force also crashed at Crow Valley, Capas, Tarlac while conducting aerial gunnery training.
    The PAF, which used to be the greatest firepower in Asia during the Marcos regime, is now in dire need of modernization, which the present administration has vowed to pursue
    http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/267760...-plane-crashes

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabaya597 View Post
    I actually apologized on timawa sir, if i recall i said it on the afp equipments thread afew months back, again, im sorry for posting without proper credits, now if you want, i can take down all photos i posted
    No need for credits or taking down the pictures. As long as you do not claim ownership(which i havent seen on your post) thats fine. I was just surprised i found a picture of myself and my team with LAD in the web. Its kinda cool you posted it. hehehe. That exercise is happening again this august. I will post new pictures of the tanks since those tanks in the picture are currently deployed so baka new set ung gagamitin. hehehe.

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    Another reason why the Philippines struggles to get investors into the country. They always change the game rules when they feel like it, even when the deal has been signed...
    There was no proof of collusion BUT cancelled it anyway because it was too "expensive"...


    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...elicopter-deal


    [*******blue]PH drops $ 73M helicopter deal
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    Agence France-Presse
    First Posted 18:27:00 12/07/2010

    Filed Under: Government, Graft & Corruption, Military, Philippines - Metro


    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government said Tuesday it had cancelled a 73 million dollar deal to buy military helicopters following allegations of collusion with a Polish defense contractor.
    A formal inquiry found no hard proof of collusion between PZL Swidnik and the defense ministry panel that recommended the award of the contract, but concluded the deal was overpriced, ministry spokesman Eduardo Batac said.
    "Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has approved the recommendation of the board of inquiry to declare a failure of bidding for the attack helicopter acquisition project of the Philippine Air Force," Batac said in a statement.
    The deal, approved by the bid committee in September this year, would have seen the Philippines buy seven attack helicopters, including one with night-vision capability, for 3.2 billion pesos (73 million dollars).
    Gazmin also froze the planned acquisition of three billion pesos' worth of combat utility helicopters for the Philippine Navy, for which no contract awards had been made, Batac said.
    "We are going to encounter some delays," he said of the Philippine government's efforts to modernise its military equipment, adding that no decision had been taken on how best to proceed.
    The Philippines needs the aircraft to fight communist as well as Muslim separatist insurgencies.
    Tenders for the air force and navy helicopters were first sought in 2007 under President Benigno Aquino III's predecessor Gloria Arroyo, Batac said.
    After a series of failed tenders in 2008 and 2009, when no bids were submitted, the ministry revised the number of units it wanted to buy down from eight to seven, as well as changing payload and engine specifications.
    However, only one company made a bid even with the revised requirements, Batac said.
    Aquino blocked the entire project and ordered an inquiry in October this year amid allegations the bid committee rigged the rules to favor PZL Swidnik, the only firm that eventually submitted a bid for the attack helicopters.
    "In the course of their investigation, the (inquiry board) did not find 'prima facie' evidence of collusion," Batac said.
    "However, the (board) found the (bid committee's) decision to reduce the quantity of attack helicopters that can be acquired from eight to seven... to be unquestionably disadvantageous to the government," he said.
    It would have shortchanged the government of 400 million pesos, he added.

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