Chinese fleet arrived near the Philippines, strength enough to RCC (Figure) of the Philippine Air Force
data for the Chinese naval fleet: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft shot to advance to the Philippine Sea.
Philippine Sea air power how strong
Recently, the Japanese maritime patrol aircraft photographed five Chinese naval warships in the fleet forward South Pacific travel , the Japanese media have speculated that, frequently in the Philippines in the Huangyan Island waters “provocative” case, the PLA naval fleet is likely toward the South China Sea away. For a time, the Philippines is about to go to war in Huangyan Island rumors everywhere.
According to China’s domestic A naval experts said the fleet to the South Pacific just training, not on a combat mission. Of course, once the situation in the Huangyan Island upheaval, this necessary naval fleet will be duty bound to shoulder the responsibility of defending the national sovereignty.
Chinese naval power ahead
look at the composition of this PLA naval fleet, five ships were as follows: 2 Type 052B guided missile destroyer (168, 169), two Type 054A missile frigate (568, 569), as well as a 071 dock landing ship (998). The five ships from the South China Sea Fleet, on a training mission to the South Pacific is also normal.
upgrade in the Huangyan Island confrontation with China and the Philippines, Philippine President Aquino III, is being tried by all means to improve sea and air military capabilities of the national army. U.S. think tank, “a New American Security Center May 7, introduced the report, China has the ability to refuse the Philippine vessels entering the waters of the Huangyan Island. Between the balance of power between the navies of China and the Philippines. China can block the channel into the South China Sea, including the waters near the Philippines, here is the vital sea transport routes.
author of the report Richard Fisher, Aquino III, became president of the Philippines, the Philippines has clearly accelerated the pace of modernization of the Air Force and Navy. From the Philippine military spending, in 2011 the Philippines Department of Defense report, Aquino III, a six-year term will be the army’s modernization project investment of about $ 1 billion. In contrast, the 2012 military official data is one hundred billion U.S. dollars, the two are worlds apart.
on the Japanese media this PLA naval fleet, 052B missile destroyer displacement of 6000 tons displacement of the Type 054A missile frigate of 4500 tons, and 071-based dock landing ship The displacement of 18,000 tons. Such a total gross tonnage of the five ships of 39,000 tons, the Philippine Navy with combat capability of surface ships is only one just received, “Hamilton” class frigates and several boats, a total tonnage of more than 20,000 tons, so gap is obvious.
In addition, this vessel formation of the Chinese navy, 052B guided missile destroyer and Type 054A missile frigate has a very strong surface warfare capabilities, the type 052B each ship to carry 16 “Eagle” – 83 anti-ship missiles, the Type 054A ships carrying 8 “Eagle” -83 anti-ship missile, the missile has a range of about 200 km. As a result, four surface warships carrying a total of 48 “Eagle” -83 anti-ship missiles, while Navy warships in the Philippines did not have a decent anti-ship missiles. So overwhelmingly Chinese naval attack power.
in the fleet air defense capability, the Type 054A missile frigate is considered a modern air defense frigate of the Chinese Navy ships equipped with 32 “red flags” -16 medium-range vertical launch air defense missiles with a range of about 40 km, which can effectively intercept air strikes target. In addition, 052B guided missile destroyer with a medium-range air defense missile system, so the entire fleet of five surface ships, but the overall air defense capability should not be overlooked.
comprehensive point of view, the Philippine Navy and Air Force, they simply can not afford to threaten this fleet.
Philippine Air Force to rely on “second-hand F-16
Obviously, the Philippines in the South China Sea dispute over sovereignty of the Chinese navy to the formation of a military threat, we must to enhance its own navy and air force. According to the report, Aquino III, the financial support of the United States needs to modernize their armed forces. Recent visit to Washington, Aquino hope that the United States to finalize the sale of 12 used F-16 fighter contract to Manila, because the U.S. Air Force does not intend to continue to maintain these aircraft, may be the fighter planes into U.S. warplanes grave. Manila want to be able to achieve similar transactions with Indonesia and other countries in Washington, at a very low cost of buying second-hand F-16 fighter, and then the direction of Philippine United States to pay the cost of updates and upgrades.
This strategy not only for the Air Force forces, Manila and now continues to perform the procurement of the U.S. Coast Guard retired “Hamilton” class frigate program. Total number of three Manila has received one. Philippines to the U.S. to pay $ 14 million for each ship, including the training ship crew. Which the decommissioning of ships required $ 10 million savings for the United States.
Richard Fisher said that the modernization of national defense program developed by the Manila Philippine Air Force will bring a tremendous impact. Philippine Air Force F-5A fighter combat mission on the first take-off or destroy the old rebels hijacked Philippine Air Force T-28 aircraft. In December 1989, a surge of insurgents trying to pilot a plane to assassinate the then Philippine President Corazon Aquino.
Philippine Air Force in 1971, the first batch of F-5A and F-5B two-seat fighter, which is the third generation of export-oriented fighter, low prices. Until 2005 before retiring, the Philippines is only deployed a small amount of fighters, but also face the embarrassing situation of the models after retirement, there is no alternative. In the heyday of the Philippine Air Force F-5A fighter is mainly used to provide aerial fire support the activities of the Army destroy the rebels. In order to combat the rebels, the Philippine Air Force, most of the funds are used for procurement and deployment of personnel carriers, helicopters and American C-130 transport aircraft.Since the early 1980s, the Philippines is the lack of a reliable air defense capability: a modern fighter aircraft, air defense missiles, long-range air defense radar and maritime patrol aircraft used to monitor its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone . Aquino III is trying to purchasing a small amount of F-16 fighter to change the situation. Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand are using second-hand F-16 fighter, and the results are satisfactory. 2012 to 2013, the Philippine Air Force plan to buy the first frame of a modern maritime patrol aircraft in the past, this task is performed by the OV-10 aircraft. In early 2011, two OV-10 aircraft in the implementation of sea reconnaissance missions by the Chinese fighter interception. In 2012, the Philippines also plans to purchase a new long-range radar to support the Air Force’s air defense mission.
Philippine military shortly to rely on the mini-submarine
Philippine Navy also because of the urgent need to give up the development of a modern maritime defense forces. Philippine Navy ships used to transport Army soldiers, and the implementation of the Coast Guard, search and rescue and disaster relief tasks. New American Security Center, said the report, until 2011, the Philippine Navy’s flagship 1,600-ton Raja Hu Ma Bang “, which is the expulsion of a former U.S. Navy anti-submarine frigate, launched in 1943, service in World War II. Philippine Navy acquired in 1978 this ship was later repositioned as a patrol frigate. In 1997, the Philippine Navy Procurement of three former British “Peacock” class boats (displacement of 760 tons), the boat is only a 76 mm caliber gun as its main weapon. The displacement of 3200 tons, “Hamilton” class frigate is the history of the Philippine Navy’s largest warships, more suitable for long-range patrols, and joint exercises with the Friends of Navy, but still the lack of anti-ship missile and air defense missiles.
in 2011, the Philippine Navy recovery plan aimed at the procurement of two multi-purpose ships, this type of ship, select displacement of 5000-10000 tons of dock landing ship, able to support Marine Corps amphibious action, but also that the military outpost in the Spratly Islands, or disaster relief mission to provide supplies. Indonesia and South Korea shipyard is to submit the bid design. Finally, it is noteworthy that, to the Philippine Navy in 2020 it will be possible to obtain the submarine, which is the Philippine Navy to date the most ambitious and most expensive weapons procurement plans.
However, the Philippine Air Force procurement of the F-16 fighter jets, anti-ship cruise missiles and submarines, but also just the first step in Manila, the construction of “necessary military capabilities”. Manila officials were well aware that is widening the gap with the Chinese military forces.
Chinese naval construction of large-scale amphibious assault ship and an aircraft carrier, will enable the PLA Navy in 2020 about the ability to impose punitive “raid” on the island of Palawan. Bangkok defense exhibition held in early March this year, a Chinese exhibitors to showcase a new 20,000-ton helicopter landing ship concept models, such large-scale amphibious assault ship can carry more than 1000 soldiers. The design is likely to immediately enter the People’s Liberation Army Navy. China also intends to Hainan Island as the base of the ballistic missile submarine and the future aircraft carrier, which is the Chinese armed forces have the ability to exert control signal to the entire South China Sea region.
compared with the Philippines, China undoubtedly has a huge military advantage, and only the use of the maritime surveillance and fishery and other maritime law enforcement forces can deal with the Philippine Navy. To a certain threat in the medium to long term the South China Sea dispute, Richard Fisher, the Philippine Air Force will require the procurement of four squadrons of about 48 F-16 fighters, these fighters want to upgrade to the combat with the 4th generation fighters capacity. These upgrades may include the active phased array radar and advanced weapons systems, in order with the PLA Navy’s two aircraft carriers equipped with about 50 half-generation fighters – F -15 carrier-based fighter, the formation of the combat effectiveness of In order to support this operational capability, the Philippine Air Force needs more ground/sea-attack aircraft and trainer, as well as land-based long-range radar and space-based radar. The Philippine Navy also requires the ability to attack a full range of frigates and smaller corvettes and minesweepers.
Richard Fisher, the Philippine Navy, a 4-6 mini-submarine underwater force will bring a credible deterrent capacity, and Manila from South Korea this modern mini-submarines or Russia. However, to achieve combat capability at sea, the funds required will be considerably beyond the Philippines, the current plans and military spending. Digest reported that the legal system