The Department of National Defense (DND) will acquire sufficient stocks of AIM-9 “Sidewinder” air-to-air missiles for the country’s 12 Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighter Trainer (F/SA/LIFT) FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” aircraft.
This was bared by DND public affairs office chief, Arsenio Andolong, in an interview with PNA Wednesday.
“Notice to Proceed was issued to Diehl Raytheon of Germany last Aug. 31. The [‘Sidewinder’ contract] is worth PHP1,016,734,088,” he added.
Andolong declined to give the specific number and delivery dates of the missiles for security reasons. But he said the “weapons are sufficient for all of the country’s FA-50s.”
Andolong added the AIM-9s to be acquired are “all live rounds and fresh from the factory” meaning all of its sensors, rocket motors and warheads are brand-new.
With the pending delivery of the missiles, the FA-50s will now have another weapon for air-to-air combat aside from its internal 20mm cannon, making it more capable of protecting the country’s airspace against airborne threats.
It utilizes infrared homing for guidance and tracking and has a top speed of Mach 3 or three times the speed of sound. Its warhead weighs around 20 pounds and the missile has a length of 9 feet and 11 inches.
COL ANDREW LIM, Commander HQ 9 Division/ Chief Infantry Officer, Singapore Army and party, visited 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army on 26 September … [Read More...]
NEW DELHI — India has quietly approved a $5.43 billion program to buy five S-400 Triumf air defense systems from Russia, just a week before Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Oct. 5 visit to the … [Read More...]
The Philippines coast guard has ordered a single Airbus Helicopters H145, which will function in the search and rescue (SAR) and law enforcement missions. This will be the first H145 in the … [Read More...]
Airbus Defence and Space, the military aircraft unit of Airbus, is banking on the Armed Forces of the Philippines modernization program to grow its business in the country. “We are confident that … [Read More...]
The U.S. Air Force wants to procure a 35 commercial Mavic Pro Platinum drones developed by the Chinese DJI company, according to a 24 September report by thethedronegirl.com. The U.S. Air Force … [Read More...]
The Armed Forces of the Philippines received at least P117.4 million or $2.2 million worth of five million rounds of ammunition from the United States government for the Filipino soldiers' … [Read More...]