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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Field Ambulance (Phase 2) Joint Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps

Under the Capability Upgrade Program of the AFP Modernization Program under RA 7898, both the Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) requested for the acquisition of additional combat Field Ambulance vehicles to improve its medical evacuation capability to move injured personnel away from combat front lines, and provide medical assistance to military personnel in  during peace or wartime operations, and to assist in humanitarian requirements.

The Field Ambulance (Phase 2) Joint Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps was raised to meet the service's requirements for such capabilities, benefiting the financial assistance provided by US Military Assistance Program for the project.
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This resource page focuses on the Field Ambulance (Phase 2) Joint Acquisition Project, while another similar and related project have their own resource pages.

An M1152 Expanded Capacity HMMWV combat ambulance. Credits to original source of photo.

Project Summary:

Field Ambulance (Phase 2) Joint Acquisition Project:

Note: Edited as of 24 April 2020.


* End User: Philippine Army and Philippine Navy (Marines) (multiple units)

* Quantity: 30 units

* Modernization Phase: Capability Upgrade Program of the AFP Modernization Program (RA 7898) - US Foreign Military Financing

* Project ABC: US$19,000,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Government-to-Government deal with the US Department of Defense,  mostly paid for by US Foreign Military Sales (US FMS) program

* Source of Funding: US Foreign Military Financing (US FMF) as part of US Military Assistance Program (MAP) for the Armed Forces of the Philippines

* SARO Release/s: N/A

* Winning Proponent: AM General (USA)

* Product for Delivery: AM General M1152 Expanded Capacity HMMWV

* Contract Price: US$18,993,629.00 (approx Php837,876,782.00)

* First post by MaxDefense: 26 January 2015

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PAPMCFieldAmbulanceP2Acquisition

* Project Status: Completed delivery as of March 2015. Philippine Army received 26 units, Philippine Marine Corps received 4 units. PROJECT COMPLETED.

Credits to original source of photo.

Overview:

Under the Field Ambulance Acquisition Project, the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps requested for the acquisition of field ambulances which would allow them to transport wounded personnel quickly to field medical facilities during combat operations, or to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) support during emergencies.

An initial project called the Field Ambulance (Phase 1) Joint Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps, which was contracted in 2012, called for the acquisition of 60 units of field combat ambulances, which were acquired through Government-to-Government (G2G) deal with the South Korean government.

Of the 60 units of KIA KM451 field combat ambulances delivered under the project, 48 units  were delivered to the Philippine Army, and 12 units to the Philippine Marine Corps between late 2012 to January 2013.

Prior to this project, the Philippine Army and Philippine Marines already received 60 Kia KM451 combat ambulances acquired in an earlier project. Credits to original sources of photos.


A requirement for more field ambulances was made by the Philippine Army, this time to make use of the assistance provided by the US government under its Military Assistance Program (US MAP). The new project, called the Field Ambulance (Phase 2) Joint Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps, was expected to be awarded to an American company due to the conditions of the US MAP.

In 2014, the US government awarded the contract to supply the field combat ambulances to American vehicle manufacturer AM General, with the vehicles expected to arrive in 1 year.

On behalf of the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) received the first 23 M1152 Expanded Capacity HMMWV combat ambulance in January 2015, with the last 7 units delivered by March 2015. Out of the 30 units received, 26 units were turned over by the AFP to the Philippine Army, while 4 units were given to the Philippine Marine Corps.

Since the M1152 is based on the HMMWV where the vehicle originated, it can benefit from the AFP's experience and know-how in maintaining and sustaining the HMMWV family of tactical vehicles, it would not be difficult to transition to sustaining the HMMWV M1152 field combat ambulances.

Later on, the Philippine Army raised another project was created for the acquisition of more vehicles, this time paid for by the Philippine government under the Horizon 1 phase of the newly-approved Revised AFP Modernization Program, which is discussed separately in another resource page as the Field Ambulance (Phase 3) Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army.




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29 January 2015:

The US Embassy in Manila confirmed in their page that the Armed Forces of the Philippines has received the first batch of 23 M1153 Expanded Capacity HMMWV high-mobility combat ambulances from the US, and were handed-over to the AFP in a ceremony held at Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

According to the US Embassy, 7 more vehicles are expected to arrive by the end of February 2015.

The total value of the project is US$18,993,629.00.

Based on the photos from the handover, the vehicles are has a similar external look as most M1153 vehicles sold to other countries.

The Philippine Army will be receiving 26 units of the M1152 HMMWV field combat ambulances, while the Philippine Marine Corps will receive 4 units.

The M1153 Expanded Capacity HMMWV high-mobility combat ambulances during their acceptance by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo taken from US Embassy in Manila (top) and the Philippine Army (above).

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With the combat field ambulance vehicles already delivered and formally activated with different units of the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps, MaxDefense officially consider the Field Ambulance (Phase 2) Joint Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps as COMPLETED.

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First posted and released on 29 April 2020
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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Multi-Purpose Armored Personnel Carrier Acquisition Project (2017) of the PNP Special Action Force

The Philippine National Police - Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) embarked on the acquisition of new wheeled armored vehicles to beef up its light armor capability due to the decreasing serviceability of its existing fleet of Cadillac Gage V-150 Commando wheeled armored vehicles.

This resulted to the Multi-Purpose Armored Personnel Carrier Acquisition Project under SAF-2017-80.

This project resulted in the selection and delivery of Shladot MDT Armor Tiger Mk. 2 wheeled armored vehicles.

The PNP-SAF's Shladot MDT Armor Tiger Mk. 2 wheeled armored vehicle, which were delivered under the Multi-Purpose Armored Personnel Carrier Acquisition Project. Photo shared to MaxDefense by a community member, credits to him.


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Project Summary:

Multi-Purpose Armored Personnel Carrier (SAF-2017-80) Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 19 April 2020.

* End User: Philippine National Police (Special Action Force)

* Quantity: 6 4x4 Wheeled Armored Personnel Carriers

* Project ABC: Php144,000,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: PNP GAA 2017

* Winning Proponent: Northwest Aero-Solutions Inc.

* Product for Delivery: 8 units Shladot MDT Armor Tiger Mk. 2 EWB 4x4 wheeled armored vehicle

* Contract Price: Php136,428,420.00

* First post by MaxDefense: To follow

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PNPSAF201780 #PNPMPAPCAcquisition

* Project Status: NOA released in favor of Northwest Aero-Solutions Inc. on 27 December 2017, Contract signed and NTP released on 28 December 2017. Delivered to the PNP-SAF as of 2019. PROJECT COMPLETED.


Technical Specifications of Shladot MDT Armor Tiger Mk. 2:




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24 May 2019:

MaxDefense received a photo of what appears to be a sneak peak of the PNP-SAF's newest armored vehicle.

Photo showed some of the new Shladot MDT Armor Tiger Mk. 2 wheeled armored vehicles already in the PNP-SAF's garage, and appears to be only recently delivered.

This appears to be the first photos of the vehicles in PNP-SAF livery.

Configurations appear to vary as they are not all equipped with the same accessories. MaxDefense expects more photos coming in the future once these are presented to the public.

Photo shared exclusively to MaxDefense by source.

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14 June 2019:

As part of the the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebrations, the PNP-Special Action Force's static display in Luneta Park was highlighted by their newly acquired Shladot MDT Armor Tiger Mk.2 wheeled 4x4 armored vehicle, the unit's latest armored vehicle model which joined the SAF only several weeks ago.

So far this example shows a canopy-mounted 7.62mm general purpose machine gun with gunshield.

Photos shared to us by 2 of our community members who was there. Credits belong to them.

Photos shared to MaxDefense by 2 community members. Credits belong to them.

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16 July 2019:

Lets make a size comparison between the 2 current 4x4 wheeled armored vehicles of the PNP Special Action Force: the classic Cadillac Gage V-150 Commando and the MDT Armor Tiger Mk.2 EWB. The photos were from a base defense exercise conducted by the SAF recently.

Contrary to perception, the V-150 is not as big as many think, while the Tiger Mk.2 is not as small as many believe. In fact, the size difference is not much, especially that this specific Tiger Mk.2 variant is an extended wheel base model, making it longer than the original variant.

Despite only having an open cupola mount for its primary 12.7mm machine gun (which appears to be absent in the photos), the Tiger Mk.2 can be equipped with a remote controlled weapon system (RCWS).

Its interesting to see how both the Tiger Mk.2 and V-150 will compare to the Gaia Amir, which is another wheeled armored vehicle ordered by the PNP-SAF and will be delivered this year.

Photos taken from SAF FSB's FB page.

Photos from PNP SAF FSB's Facebook page. Credits belong to them.

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13 December 2019:

PNP-SAF combat police officers with the Shladot MDT Tiger Mk. 2 armored vehicle.

Photo taken from and credited to Sardines Ang Favorite's Facebook page. Take note that the the name of the page is an internal parody of the "SAF" name.


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With the armored vehicles already delivered and formally activated with the PNP Special Action Force, MaxDefense officially consider the Multi-Purpose Armored Personnel Carrier Acquisition Project of the PNP Special Action Force as COMPLETED.

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First posted and released on 20 April 2020
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Utility Vehicle Acquisitions (2017-2022) of the PNP Special Action Force

The Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) continuously keeps its logistics and transport vehicle fleet in good shape as the unit increases in size and relevance in its role in security of the country against internal threats. They require a continuous program to keep its transport fleet sufficient enough to support the unit's day-to-day operations.

Due to the numerous but similar acquisitions of the PNP-SAF, we decided to just have single blog covering all utility vehicle acquisitions of the unit from years 2016 to 2022.

Ural 43206 trucks of the PNP-SAF. Photo exclusively shared to MaxDefense PH by source.

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PROJECT SUMMARIES:

SAF-2017-47 - Medium Troop Carrier Acquisition Project:

Note: Edited as of 23 August 2021.

* End User: Philippine National Police (Special Action Force)

* Quantity: 47 Medium Troop Carriers

* Project ABC: Php120,000,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: PNP GAA 2017

* Winning Proponent: Alliance Auto and Truck Rebuilders

* Product for Delivery:
      - 47 Hino 300 ZXU710L troop carriers

* Contract Price:
Php120,000,000.00

* First post by MaxDefense: 23 August 2021

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PNPSAF201747

* Status:
NOA released 07 September 2017 in favor of Alliance Auto and Truck Rebuilders, which manufacture custom truck bed bodies, in this case the troop carrying compartment. Contract signed and NTP released on 27 September 2017. Delivered to the PNP-SAF as of mid-2018, presented and formally inducted on 09 October 2018. PROJECT COMPLETED.

Hino 300 troop carrier trucks presented and inducted with the PNP-SAF on October 2017. Photo credits to PNP-SAF.

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SAF-2017-65 - Multi-Purpose SAR Amphibian Vehicle Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 18 April 2020.

* End User:
Philippine National Police (Special Action Force)

* Quantity: 2 Tracked All-Terrain Amphibious Vehicles

* Project ABC: Php14,000,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: PNP GAA 2017

* Winning Proponent: ConEqup Philippines Inc.

* Product for Delivery:
      - 2 units RM Terex GAZ-3409 small tracked all-terrain amphibious vehicles

* Contract Price: Php14,000,000.00

* First post by MaxDefense: 05 August 2018

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PNPSAF201765

* Status: NOA released in favor of ConEqup Philippines Inc. on 21 December 2017, Contract signed and NTP released on 26 December 2017. Delivered to the PNP-SAF as of mid-2018, presented and formally inducted on 09 October 2018. PROJECT COMPLETED.

The RM Terex GAZ-3409 amphibian vehicle on display during a capability exhibit in August 2018. Photos taken from ConEquip Philippines' Facebook page, and shared in MaxDefense Philippines' post.

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SAF-2018-85 - Transportation Equipment Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 18 April 2020.


* End User: Philippine National Police (Special Action Force)

* Quantity: 6 Medium Troop Carriers, 2 Rescue Vehicles

* Project ABC: Php30,200,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: PNP GAA 2018

* Winning Proponent: Gazelle Motors Corp.

* Product for Delivery:
      - 8 units GAZ Sadko 4x4 2.5-ton trucks in Troop Carrier configuration
      - 2 units GAZ Sadko 4x4 2.5-ton trucks in Rescue Vehicle configuration

* Contract Price: Php27,500,000.00

* First post by MaxDefense: To follow

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PNPSAF201885

* Status: NOA released in favor of Gazelle Motors Corp. on 21 December 2018, Contract signed and NTP released on 28 December 2018. Delivered to the PNP-SAF as of mid-2019. PROJECT COMPLETED.

The first batch of GAZ Sadko 2.5-ton trucks were delivered to the PNP-SAF in mid-2019. Photos taken from Gazelle Motors Corp.'s FB page.


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SAF-2018-88 - Transportation Equipment Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 18 April 2020.

* End User: Philippine National Police (Special Action Force)

* Quantity: 6 Heavy Troop Carriers, 4 Command Vehicles (changed later to 8 Heavy Troop Carriers, 2 Command Vehicles)

* Project ABC: Php85,600,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: PNP GAA 2018

* Winning Proponent: ConEquip Philippines Inc.

* Product for Delivery:
      - 8 units Ural NEXT 43206 4x4 5.5-ton trucks in Troop Carrier configuration
      - 2 units Ural NEXT 43206 4x4 5.5-ton trucks in Command Vehicle configuration

* Contract Price: Php85,575,000.00

* First post by MaxDefense: 15 April 2020

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PNPSAF201885

* Status: NOA released in favor of ConEquip Philippines Inc.. on 03 December 2018, Contract signed and NTP released on 05 December 2018. For delivery to the PNP-SAF by April 2020. PROJECT COMPLETED.

The Ural NEXT 43206 5-ton 4x4 Heavy Troop Carriers as delivered. Photo shared exclusively to MaxDefense by source.

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SAF-2019-04 - Medium Troop Carrier Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 18 April 2020.


* End User: Philippine National Police (Special Action Force)

* Quantity:
37 Medium Troop Carriers

* Project ABC: Php30,200,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: PNP GAA 2019

* Winning Proponent: ConEquip Philippines Inc.

* Product for Delivery:
      - 37 units GAZ Sadko 4x4 2.5-ton trucks in Troop Carrier configuration

* Contract Price: Php119,128.800.00

* First post by MaxDefense: To follow

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PNPSAF201904

* Status: Contract signed and NTP released in favor of ConEquip Philippines Inc. on 08 April 2019. Delivered to the PNP-SAF as of early 2020, officially presented by the PNP on March 2020. In service with the PNP-SAF. PROJECT COMPLETED.

Some of the GAZ Sadko trucks handed over by Conequip Philippines to the PNP, bound for the Special Action Force. Photo taken from Conequip Philippines' Facebook page.


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First posted and released on 19 April 2020
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Sunday, April 12, 2020

10-meter High Speed Response Boat - Small Acquisition Project of the Philippine Coast Guard

In 2017, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has shown its intent to acquire American-made small boats similar to the Defender-class Response Boat-Small of the US Coast Guard. This is to allow the PCG to enhance its inshore maritime security capabilities which includes Maritime Law Enforcement (MARLEN) and Search and Rescue (SAR).

This led to the 9.8-meter High Speed Response Boat-Small (HSRB-S) Acquisition Project, which calls for the acquisition of aluminium-hulled fast boats through US Foreign Military Sales (US FMS) program due to the participation of the US in financing the program.

One of the first Defiant 32 boats delivered by Metal Shark Boats to the PCG, during the arrival of the Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) on 07 April 2020. Photo taken from PCG's video through Wikimedia Commons.

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Project Summary:

9.8-meter High Speed Response Boat - Small Acquisition Project:

Note: Edited as of 07 January 2021.

* End User: Philippine Coast Guard

* Quantity: 4 units

* Project ABC: Approx. Php120,000,000.00 (to be confirmed)

* Acquisition Mode: US Foreign Military Sales (US FMS) deal

* Source of Funding: Combined funding from Philippine government, and US government assistance to the Philippine Coast Guard

* SARO Release/s: TBC

* Winning Proponent: Metal Shark Boats (USA)

* Product for Delivery: Metal Shark 32 Defiant

* Contract Price: TBC

* First post by MaxDefense: 20 January 2017

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PCG10mHSRBSAcquisition

* Project Status: To be procured with US government assistance. Awarded to Metal Shark Boats in 2018. Allf 4 boats delivered to the PCG on March 2020. PROJECT COMPLETED.

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Overview:

The PCG is in need of increasing the size of its inshore and offshore surface assets due to obsolescence of most of its assets. Prior to the acquisition of these boats, the only fast small boat assets of the PCG are either 7-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB), or the larger Vietnam War-era Switft-class patrol boats.

While the RHIBs are fast movers and quite new, they are limited by their size and hull type, which is only good for certain MARLEN missions depending on sea conditions.

Meanwhile, the Swift Mk.1 to Mk.3 patrol boats are too old and are not running at the same speed as they used to. According to sources, these boats are only good at running below 20 knots, far from the previous operating speeds when they were new in the 1960s-1970s.

The US government has offered to provide financial assistance to the Philippine Coast Guard in 2017, as the PCG requested for the acquisition of new small fast boats to slot in above the RHIBs.

Due to US participation, it is certain that the project will be done under US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, since US financial aid can only be made when acquiring US-made products.

In 2018, MaxDefense was informed by sources that the boats to be acquired were awarded to Metal Shark Boats USA based in Louisiana.  No mention was made on which model will be delivered, but based on the size requirements, it appears to be the Defiant 32, which fits the bill based on the products offered by Metal Shark.

Defiant 32 means that it is from the Defiant series of patrol boats, with "32" meaning 32 feet in length.

Although there are information provided to MaxDefense saying that the PCG requires 12 units, there's no further confirmation if a confirmed order of 12 was made.

One of the Defiant 32 boats being prepared to meet the the offshore patrol vessel Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) during its arrival on 07 April 2020. Photo taken from PCG's video.




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21 March 2020:

The Philippine Coast Guard received the first four (4) units of the Metal Shark Defiant 32 high speed response boats earlier this month, which MaxDefense believes to have arrived a week earlier.

Sources provided MaxDefense with photos of the boats in Manila harbor, loaded in trailers that will allow the boats to be towed on land. In this case, they were towed by PCG M35 2.5-ton military trucks.

Other photos that MaxDefense show evidence that the boats are equipped with electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) optonics from FLIR, and equipped with Furuno small-boat navigation radars.

The boats have gun mounts that will enable to it to be armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun at front, and two behind the pilothouse (one each port and starboard sides). But the weapons would be installed by the PCG separately, as they are not part of the contract.

MaxDefense was informed that the boats will be mostly deployed in Mindanao near the tri-border between Sabah and Indonesia, although if more units will arrive, some will be deployed near Metro Manila and Subic as well.

Two of the four Defiant 32 response boats mounted on trailers as they leave the Port of Manila. Photo shared exclusively to MaxDefense by a source.

Two of the four Defiant 32 response boats mounted on trailers as they leave the Port of Manila. Photo shared exclusively to MaxDefense by a source.


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10 April 2020:

Two of the PCG's Defiant 32 high speed response boats were used to meet the new offshore patrol vessel Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) as it arrives in Manila for the first time as part of its delivery cruise from France.

Both boats can be seen in videos posted by the Philippine Coast Guard, together with two Parola-class multi-role response vessels, and a Boracay-class fast patrol boat.

This appears to be the first official deployment of the boats, as it was only a few weeks ago when they were delivered.

Photos of the Defiant 32 boats during the arrival of the offshore patrol vessel Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) in Manila last 07 April 2020. Photo taken from PCG's video.


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First edit and release: 12 April 2020
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