PHILIPPINES SUPER DEFENSE WEAPONS UNDER FERDINAND MARCOS REGIME

PHILIPPINES SUPER DEFENSE WEAPONS UNDER FERDINAND MARCOS REGIME


The Philippines once possessed one strong military forces in Asia that one can only imagine today. The Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, and Philippine Army were strongest Military Force the Philippines had during the Marcos administration. Since the eruption of Mount Pinatubo on 1991 where most of the PAF’s fighter jets were destroyed, the Philippine airspace remains unguarded until today. Let’s take a look at the Philippine’s major assets during the time of late President Ferdinand Marcos administration. Philippine Navy High Endurance Cutters
The Philippine Navy had four high-endurance cutters armed with artilleries and heavy chain guns. All four were acquired on 1976 and were deployed on Philippine coasts. BRP Andres Bonifacio, was a Philippine Navy frigate in commission from 1976 to 1985. She was one of six ex-United States Navy Barnegat-class small seaplane tenders/ ex-United States Coast Guard Casco-class high endurance cutters received from the United States after the Vietnam War, two of which were acquired to supply spare parts for the other four. Andrés Bonifacio was considered the lead ship of her class in the Philippine Navy, and she and her three commissioned sister ships were the largest Philippine Navy combat ships of their time. The BRP Gregorio del Pilar, was an Andrés Bonifacio-class frigate of the Philippine Navy in commission from 1977 to 1990. The ship was acquired by the Philippine government on 5 April 1976, and was commissioned as Philippine Navy frigate RPS Diego Silang (PF-9) BRP Francisco Dagohoy was an Andrés Bonifacio-class frigate of the Philippine Navy that served from 1979 to 1985. The Philippine Navy acquired three destroyer escorts during Marcos administration. BRP Raja Lakandula She was formally transferred to the Philippines on 5 April 1976 she was commissioned into the Philippine Navy as frigate RPS Rajah Lakandula on 27 July 1976. 1 Received two “E” marks and conferred the Philippine Navy Ship of the Year Award for two consecutive years from 1980 to 1981 On July 1980, in line with the re-classification of all Philippine Navy ships, she was renamed BRP Datu Kalantiaw BRP Datu Sikatuna was one of the three ex-USN Cannon-class destroyer escorts that served with the Philippine Navy, BRP Datu Marikudo, a 56-meter corvette was acquired on 1976 from the United States through South Vietnam. Marikudo was retired from service on December 9, 2010. BRP Datu Tupas was one of the only two fleet minesweepers in the history of Philippine navy. The other one was RPS Samar which was retired before the BRP Datu Tupas was acquired. There is no information about the fate of Datu Tupas after the EDSA I Revolution. Two submarine chaser boats were acquired during Marcos era. The BRP Nueva VIscaya and BRP Negros Oriental acquired on 1968 and 1976 . respectively were high speed patrol boats capable of chasing and destroying earlier submarines There were two coastal acquired and in service during Marcos regime, the RPS Zambales and RPS Zamboanga del Norte, both acquired on 1979 Two minesweepers were acquired and put in active service on 1979. The RPS Davao del Norte and RPS Davao del Sur From 1969 to 1978, the Philippine Navy acquired at least twenty six amphibious attack and support vessels of any size. And some of which are still in active military service. Philippine navy had one hospital ship acquired on 1975 , the RPS Hospital ng Tulungan. There was no information on what happened to this ship. BRP Mactan was acquired on March 1972 and retired from service on 2001. Philippine Navy had one repair ship acquired in 1999 and decommission on June 2001. Unspecified number of tug boats and small patrol crafts were also acquired during the Marcos presidency. Ships were prefixed BRP meaning Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas and RPS meaning Republic of the Philippines The Philippine airspace was well protected by Philippine Air Force during the Marcos era. PAF had 35 units of Vought F-8 Crusader, The Vought F-8 Crusader (originally F8U) is a single-engine, supersonic, carrier-based air superiority jet aircraft built by Vought for the United States Navy and Marine Corps The Philippine Air Force acquired 37 F-5A and F-5B from 1965 to 1998. The F-5A f-5B were used by the 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 5th Fighter Wing and the Blue Diamonds aerobatic team Most of these fighter jets were destroyed during the Pinatubo eruption and had never been replaced until the Pnoy administration ordered 12 units of FA-50 fighter jets from South Korea recently. Aside from the above squadrons of fighters, a number of fighter and attack helicopters, trainer and cargo jets were acquired from 1966 to 1988. During the time of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, there was a classified project called Santa Barbara. Its aim primarily is to develop different types of missile such as Ground to air missile Air to air and air to ground missile for a purpose of guarding and defending the country (Philippines) It will serve as an interceptor against incoming land, air and sea threats and if successful, the 2nd plan is to mass produce it, to be exported to other country. and if successful, the 2nd plan is to mass produce it, to be exported to other country. A new missile, called Bongbong-1, was 1st built. It was said to have a range of 12KM. It was built and designed by the greatest Filipino minds in the fields of Science and Aerospace Engineering with the help from engineers and scientist. These rockets were tested between 1972 and 1980’s Since December 1972 , a series of 37 dynamic tests had been conducted on the 180 MM rocket. The project, initiated by President Marcos, also involved testing of other weapons and armaments. On September 1975, four “Bongbong” rockets (named after Marcos’ son) were successfully launched. Asked about why the country was experimenting in making its own ballistic missiles, President Marcos explained: “The defense of the Philippines cannot be left to alliance with other countries. We must assume that there will be contigencies where even the United States may not be ready to come to our assistance.” The program was disbanded and was never put in active service when Marcos was removed from the government. The missile program was developed while China was still developing its first missile program. Another report suggests that Marcos had an underground submarine program together with his missile program but due to chaotic government in his later years, the program was scrapped before major development was done. Some military and defense experts contemplated that should the Philippine Government after Marcos supported his unfinished military-related projects; the country shouldn’t be suffering from bullying today. This are the superweapons that the Philippines acquired during President Ferdinand marcos term. Until our next episode of Papah kurot

3 thoughts on “PHILIPPINES SUPER DEFENSE WEAPONS UNDER FERDINAND MARCOS REGIME

  • October 10, 2019 at 7:44 am
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    Ganun pala yun. thanks for sharing.

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  • October 10, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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    AWESOME CHANNEL SUBBED AND LIKED 5 GOOD LUCK FOR MORE

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:06 am
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    nice Marcos legacy

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