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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Philippines on Final Negotiation for Acquiring Land & Sea-based Supersonic Cruise Missile

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BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile, with major indigenous systems, successfully test-fired from ITR, at Chandipur, in Odisha. (ANI)
BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile, with major indigenous systems, successfully test-fired from ITR, at Chandipur, in Odisha. (ANI) Photo: hindustantimes.com

Philippines likely to finalise BrahMos deal by next year

India has been in talks with several countries, including Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, over the past few years to sell them land and sea-based versions of the supersonic cruise missile

The Philippines is set to become the first country to buy the BrahMos cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia, with New Delhi and Manila focusing on price negotiations with the aim of concluding a deal in 2020, people familiar with the discussions said.

India has been in talks with several countries, including Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, over the past few years to sell them land and sea-based versions of the supersonic cruise missile.

The people cited above said the Philippines Army had zeroed in on the BrahMos after extensive trials and everything now revolved around the cost of the system and financing for the deal.

“As far as the Philippines Army is concerned, the consensus on the BrahMos system is a done deal. Now, it’s all about the price negotiations and we hope the deal will be finalized next year,” said a person familiar with the negotiations who declined to be named.

The cost of the system will be the key factor in Manila’s decision on the number of units to be purchased to equip the Philippines Army’s first Land Based Missile System Battery, which was raised and activated in October, the people said.

Though India has offered a $100 million line of credit to the Philippines for defense purchases, Manila is exploring the option of acquiring the BrahMos system with its own funds to be allocated in the next budget.

“Various options are being looked at – whether it should be internal funding or a preferential loan – and whether there will be some preferential terms offered for the sale. The cost will determine how many systems are bought,” said the person cited above.

The Philippines Army’s decision to opt for the BrahMos became evident when a mock-up of the land-based version of the missile was displayed at an expo in Manila on December 5. The missile was displayed mounted on a truck launcher system and a chart outlined the Philippines Army’s development road map for the first Land Based Missile System Battery.

The chart said the battery had been activated and its personnel would undergo special courses on rockets, missiles and training simulators to be prepared for inducting the missiles. The chart also said: “Equipment: For acquisition of LBMS (BRAHMOS).”

The chart showed the Philippines Army expects the battery’s personnel and equipment to be ready and for all the equipment to be acquired by 2024.

It also showed the army expects the battery to be fully capable of defending the Philippines against external threats by 2028.

In recent years, the Philippines has concluded several deals with India for personal protective items or bulletproof gear and armor plating for military vehicles.

An Indian firm has also bid for a recent Philippines tender for bulletproof gear.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Philippines in 2017, the two sides signed an MoU on defense industry and logistics cooperation to provide a framework for strengthening cooperation and coordination in logistics support and services, and in the development, production and procurement of defense hardware.

In July, Thailand ambassador Chutintorn Gongsakdi had told HT his country was hoping to conclude negotiations on the purchase of the BrahMos missile by next year. He said Thailand is eyeing “important purchases” of Indian military hardware, including coastal radars and the BrahMos.

India is also exploring the possibility of selling the BrahMos to Indonesia, and a team from the Indo-Russian joint venture that makes the system visited a state-run shipyard in Surabaya in 2018 to assess the fitting of the missile on Indonesian warships.

Talks have also been held with Vietnam for the sale of the BrahMos, which was developed by the Indo-Russian joint venture set up in 1998. The Indian Navy inducted the missile on its frontline warships in 2005 and the army began inducting the BrahMos from 2007 after a series of tests.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Join the Philippine Army - Officer

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Join the Philippine Army - Officer

1. Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines

For those who would want to become part of the Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines and later on serve as one of the leaders of the AFP, he/she may take the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) entrance examination.

The following are the qualifications to be a PMA Cadet:

  • Natural born Filipino citizen
  • Physically fit and of good moral character
  • Single and has never been married
  • Must pass the PMA Entrance Examination
  • No administrative/criminal case
  • At least high school graduate
  • Height requirement for both male and female is 5 feet (not to exceed 6'4" for both)
  • At least 17 years old but not a day older than 22 years the year following the date of examination taken.

Applicants younger than 17 years old or/and at least 16 years old following the date of examination may apply for cadetship provided that the applicant possesses the above mentioned qualifications. Should the applicant pass the qualifying exam, the procedure in handling the underage applicants will apply.

2. Officer Candidate Course (OCC)

For Officer Candidates that will undergo Officer Candidate Course (OCC), he/she must possess the following qualifications:


  • Holder of a baccalaureate degree;
  • Natural-born Filipino
  • 21 to 29 years of age upon admission (no age waiver);
  • Single and never been married; never borne or sired a child;
  • Height of not less than 5'0 ft. (152.4 cm) both for male and female, but not more than 6'4'' (193.04 cm);
  • Of good moral character;
  • Physically, mentally and psychologically fit for active military service (P1 profile);
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT) raw score of 71 or higher;
  • Must have passed other pre-entry written examinations given by the Philippine Army - Army Qualifying Exam (AQE) and Special Written Exam (SWE)
  • Must pass the Physical Medical Exam and Physical Fitness Test conducted in the Philippine Army thru PAOSC


3. Officer Preparatory Course (OPC)

For Officer Candidates that will undergo the Officer Preparatory Course (OPC), he/she must have the following qualifications:


  • Commissioned in the Reserve Force as second lieutenant
  • Must not be over 31 years old on the date of Called to Active Duty (CAD);
  • Physically, mentally and psychologically fit for active military service (P1 profile);
  • Holder of a baccalaureate degree;
  • Height of not less than 5'0 ft. (152.4cm) both for male and female, but not more than 6'4'' (193.04 cm);
  • Of good moral character;
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT) raw score of 71 or higher;
  • Must have passed other pre-entry written examinations given by the Philippine Army - Army Qualifying Exam (AQE)and  Special Written Exam (SWE)
  • Must pass the Physical Medical Exam and Physical Fitness Test conducted in the Philippine Army thru PAOSC


As a member of the Philippine Army, one can get competitive pay and allowances, opportunities for post-graduate studies both local and abroad, insurance and healthcare benefits, billeting and house privileges, job security, leadership and other skills trainings, an opportunity to lead the Army and opportunities for career advancement

Requirements during the AFPSAT

  • Original Transcript of Record / Form 137
  • Original College / High School Diploma
  • PSA- Issued Birth Certificate (Original)
  • 2x2 ID picture
  • Valid Identification Card

Where to Apply?

Metro Manila and Luzon

Army Recruitment Office
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Phone number: (02) 845-9555 local 6843

Visayas

Army Recruitment Office
Camp Lapu-lapu, Lahug, Cebu City
Phone number: (032) 231-5157

Mindanao

Army Recruitment Office
Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City
Phone number (088) 350-2088 / 850-5729
Mobile no. 0917-712-1222

Applicants may also submit their application along with the requirements to any Army Units and Regional Community Defense Groups

  • Headquarters Philippine Army (Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City)
  • 5th Infantry Division (Gamu, Isabela)
  • 7th Infantry Division (Nueva Ecija)
  • 1st RCDG (Pangasinan)
  • 3rd Infantry Division (Ilo-ilo City)
  • 8th Infanty Division (Catbalogan, Samar)
  • 53rd Engineering Brigade (Cebu City)
  • 1st Infantry Division (Zamboanga City)
  • 4th Infantry Division (Cagayan de Oro City)
  • 6th Infantry Division (Cotabato CIty)
  • 11 RCDG (Davao City)
You may apply online, secure all the requirements and visit the offices near you.

Join the Philippine Army - Candidate Soldier (CS)

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Join the Philippine Army - Candidate Soldier (CS)
Enlisted personnel

  • Natural born Filipino citizen
  • With 72 units in college or if a high school graduate, must possess technical skills/talents needed by the AFP;
  • At least 18 to 23 years old before the date of appointment as Candidate Soldier;
  • At least 5'0'' or 60 inches in height. Similarly, height waiver is no longer issued by the Command;
  • Single and without child;
  • Of good moral character;
  • AFPSAT score of at least 45;
  • Must have passed the pre-qualifying Physical Fitness test (PFT) or Physical medical exam (PME) 
  • Physically and mentally fit for military training

As a member of the Philippine Army, one can get competitive pay and allowances, opportunities for post-graduate studies both local and abroad, insurance and healthcare benefits, billeting and house privileges, job security, leadership and other skills trainings, an opportunity to lead the Army and opportunities for career advancement

Requirements during the AFPSAT
  • Original Transcript of Record / Form 137
  • Original College / High School Diploma
  • PSA- Issued Birth Certificate (Original)
  • 2x2 ID picture
  • Valid Identification Card

Where to Apply?

Metro Manila and Luzon

Army Recruitment Office
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Phone number: (02) 845-9555 local 6843

Visayas

Army Recruitment Office
Camp Lapu-lapu, Lahug, Cebu City
Phone number: (032) 231-5157

Mindanao

Army Recruitment Office
Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City
Phone number (088) 350-2088 / 850-5729
Mobile no. 0917-712-1222

Applicants may also submit their application along with the requirements to any Army Units and Regional Community Defense Groups

  • Headquarters Philippine Army (Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City)
  • 5th Infantry Division (Gamu, Isabela)
  • 7th Infantry Division (Nueva Ecija)
  • 1st RCDG (Pangasinan)
  • 3rd Infantry Division (Ilo-ilo City)
  • 8th Infanty Division (Catbalogan, Samar)
  • 53rd Engineering Brigade (Cebu City)
  • 1st Infantry Division (Zamboanga City)
  • 4th Infantry Division (Cagayan de Oro City)
  • 6th Infantry Division (Cotabato CIty)
  • 11 RCDG (Davao City)
You may apply online, secure all the requirements and visit our offices near you.

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