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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:35
CAS Aircraft to be Armed with Precision Guided Munitions

The DND is planning to acquire six CAS aircraft and will be armed with precision guided munitions (photo : missionreadyat-6)


9 Aug. 2014 Defense Studies

MANILA (PNA) -- In line with its efforts to make its close air support (CAS) aircraft more capable, the Department of National Defense (DND) has said the plane will be armed with precision guided munitions, a kind of weaponry that can be guided by lasers to its targets.

In a supplemental bid bulletin posted on the DND website, it said this capability must be present in the designs which will be submitted by prospective bidders to the P4.9-billion CAS aircraft project.

Bid opening and submission for the CAS project has been reset to Oct. 3 from the original date of Aug. 11.

In connection with this, DND Special Bids and Awards Committee-1 chair Undersecretary Fernando Manalo said that a second pre-bid conference will be held this coming Sept. 15.

This will be held at the DND Bidding and Awards Committee Conference Room, DND Building, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Bid opening and submission will also take place at the same place.

The DND is planning to acquire six CAS aircraft to replace or beef up the Philippine Air Force's existing Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco" turboprop attack planes.

CAS refers to the capability to provide air support to infantry and naval units in contact with the enemy.

Funding for this weapon system will be sourced from the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program.

Manalo earlier said that the contract includes integrated logistic support system.

Winning bidders must be able to deliver the aircraft within 540 calendar days from contract effectivity.

Participants in the DND's CAS project must have completed a similar program within the last 10 years.

Manalo added that the CAS aircraft must be used by the countries offering and manufacturing them. 


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2 avril 2014 3 02 /04 /avril /2014 07:35
DND Looking at Improved and Enhanced Versions of HAWK SAM

Hawk medium range SAM (photo : pdff)


31.03.2014 Defense Studies

MANILA (PNA) -- The Department of National Defense (DND) is looking at the possibility of acquiring improved and enhanced versions of the Raytheon MIM-23 HAWK (Homing All the Way Killer) surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).

The HAWK is a US medium range SAM.

The DND stated that acquisition of this weapon aims to protect the country from air threats its shore-to-ship missile (SSM) launchers which it is planning to acquire for the Philippine Army at P6.5 billion.

The SSM project consists of 12 launchers, trailers and tracking systems and missiles that could be fired to hit naval or sea targets.

It will be carried out through “limited source bidding", a process where certain companies are invited to submit bids for the program.

The HAWK is capable of intercepting and destroying any hostile aircraft, drone, or rocket that may be sent to incapacitate or disabled the Army's SSM system.

It was initially designed to destroy aircraft and was later adapted to destroy other missiles in flight.

The missile entered service in 1960, and a program of extensive upgrades has kept it from becoming obsolete.

Israel, one of the operators of the HAWK missile, have upgraded the Phase 2 standard with the addition of a Super Eye electro-optical TV system for detection of aircraft at 30 to 40 kilometers and identification at 17 to 25 kilometers.

They have also modified their system for engagements at altitudes up to 24,000 meters. 


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19 novembre 2013 2 19 /11 /novembre /2013 18:20
Canadian DND issues RFP for satellite communications equipment



19 November 2013 army-technology.com


The Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has issued request for proposals (RFP) to companies for supply of mobile satellite communication terminals for the national army vehicles.


The RFP was released under the land command support system life extension (LCSS LE) project on behalf of the Department of National Defence (DND), following extensive consultations and engagement with the industry.


Public Works and Government Services minister Diane Finley said the government is committed to providing the Canadian Army personnel with the best possible equipment required for missions at home and abroad.


"We're undertaking procurement in a smarter, more effective way that provides best value for Canadian taxpayers while upholding our fundamental tenets of fairness, openness and transparency," Finley said.


Canadian defence minister Rob Nicholson said the LCSS LE project will ensure the Canadian Armed Forces maintains its strong communication network to take on the new challenges of the 21st century.


"This project is another step in helping to ensure a first-class, modern military that is well-equipped and ready to conduct its missions safely and effectively for many decades to come," Nicholson said.


The industrial and regional benefits (IRB) policy applies to the acquisition, which will ensure that the winning contractor creates economic benefits equal to the contract value in Canada.


Referred to as satellite communications on the move (SOTM), the mobile terminals supplied under the project are expected to enable the army vehicles to communicate with their tactical headquarters or command posts through satellite and maintain that communication while mobile.


The LCSS LE project aims to boost critical information exchanges within specific Canadian Forces (CF) vehicle fighting platforms during combat operations.

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14 novembre 2013 4 14 /11 /novembre /2013 08:20
photo Nexter Canada

photo Nexter Canada



November 13, 2013. By David Pugliese - Defence Watch


The Close Combat Vehicle project is now at least two years behind schedule and has faced resistance from some in the military who are worried the new armoured carriers are unaffordable. The Canadian Army wanted the government earlier this year to cancel the project but that was declined, according to military, government and industry sources.


Retired chief of the defence staff Gen. Rick Hillier has since come out in support of cancelling the project to purchase the Close Combat Vehicle or CCV, arguing that the $2 billion could be used to help offset the budget cuts the military faces.


The Close Combat Vehicle was announced with great fanfare by the Conservatives in the summer of 2009. The government will buy 108 of the armoured carriers. The army originally argued that the vehicles, which would accompany its Leopard tanks into battle, were a priority for future missions.


The winning bidder on the vehicle program was supposed to be announced “in the fall”…..or that was what DND stated earlier this year/late last year.


Well it’s the fall. So what is happening?


First, the good news for bidders on the project. “An announcement regarding the CCV will be made in due course,” Mike Graham, a DND communications advisor told Defence Watch.


And now for the bad news.


First, Graham states an announcement will be made. That doesn’t necessarily mean that a contract will be announced. Who knows what that “announcement” will be?


And secondly, what exactly does in “due course” mean?


For the average person that means soon. But in this case the DND can’t define what in “due course” means. “I regret I don’t have more precise information to provide at this time,” Graham stated in his email to Defence Watch in response to the question about what “due course” means.


The term “in due course” was used by then Defence Minister Peter MacKay 2009 in answers when the RCAF would receive a new Fixed Wing SAR aircraft. And that was four years ago….

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