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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Philippine Air Force receives AIM-9L/I-1 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, AGM-65G2 Maverick air-to-ground missiles


MaxDefense Philippines has finally received confirmation that the Philippine Air Force (PAF) has finally started receiving its order of AIM-9L/I-1 Sidewinder short-range IR-guided air-to-air missile from Germany's Diehl Raytheon Missile Systeme GmbH, as well as receiving partial delivery of AGM-65G2 Maverick air-to-ground missiles from America's Raytheon Missile Systems.


This was confirmed by MaxDefense's defense and military sources, which mentioned that the Sidewinder missiles actually started arriving a few months ago, and the 2nd tranche of  Mavericks were delivered a few months ago. A 3rd tranche is expected by early 2020.



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An AIM-9 Sidewinder missile mounted on a South Korean FA-50 light combat aircraft. Photo taken from Warplane Porn Reddit page.

AIM-9L/I-1 Sidewinder Short-Range Air-to-Air Missiles:

The Sidewinder missiles were acquired as part of the Fighter/Surface Attack Aircraft/Lead-in Fighter Trainer Munitions Lot 1 - Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile Acquisition Project of the Philippine Air Force, which is a Horizon 1 phase Priority Project under the Revised AFP Modernization Program.

These are intended to arm the PAF's fleet of KAI FA-50PH Fighting Eagle light combat aircraft of the Air Defense Command. These missiles could also be used by incoming air assets of the Air Defense Command, including the future Multi-Role Fighter.


The AIM-9L/I-1 Sidewinder (top) and the AIM-9M variant. The PAF received the AIM-9L/I-1 variant. Credits to original source of photo.

MaxDefense cannot disclose the total quantity acquired by the PAF due to security reasons, but it is safe to say that there were "a few hundreds of units".

It would be remembered that these missiles were ordered from Dielh Raytheon Missile Systeme GmbH on August 2017, and was slated to arrive within 2 years of release of NTP, which places the deadline on August 2019. 




More information can be found on our resource page for the project, which can be found in the MaxDefense Philippines' AFP Modernization Projects Portal, or can be accessed through the link below:

"Fighter Short Range Air-to-Air Missile Acquisition (Horizon 1) of the Philippine Air Force" - first posted 12 September 2019.


AGM-65G2 Maverick Air-to-Ground Missiles:

Meanwhile, the general public already knew that the PAF already operates a few AGM-65G2 Maverick live and dummy training rounds since June 2017 when photos surfaced of some of them equipped by the PAF's FA-50PH Fighting Eagle light combat aircraft.

These initial rounds were brought to the Philippines by a PAF C-130T Hercules heavy tactical transport aircraft, which showed the importance of these missiles to train the PAF early on before most of the live rounds arrive.




Top photo show munition boxes being loaded on a PAF C-130T Hercules in Tucson, Arizona, where Raytheon Missile Systems' manufacturing facility is located. Next photo shows LAU-177 missile rail launcher boxes being loaded on the same PAF C-130T Hercules transport aircraft, also in the US. The LAU-177 are used to arm the AGM-65 Maverick and other NATO-standard missiles. Top photo from Pinoy Aviators's Facebook page. 2nd photo credited to original owner.

Based on contract signed on June 2017, the first tranche can be received by the PAF immediately, the second tranche by 3rd quarter 2019, and the third tranche should be arriving by early 2020. This is the reason why the PAF sent in a C-130T Hercules to fly all the way to Tucson, Arizona to bring home the first tranche.

The missiles were first displayed to the public during the PAF's Anniversary in 2017, wherein photos were made available to the publc, like the photos below.




The FA-50 shown was displayed during the PAF's Founding Anniversary Celebrations on July 2017. The aircraft above is shown with an M117 750-lb free fall bomb, an inert AGM-65G2 Maverick air-to-ground missile, and an AIM-9B upgraded Sidewinder air-to-air missile. Photos credited to MaxDefense community member and aviation photographer Efrain Noel Morota.

Due to OPSEC reasons, MaxDefense cannot disclose the actual quantity involved, but we can say that they are less in number than the Sidewinders received by the PAF.

For more information about the initial delivery of AGM-65G2 Maverick missiles in 2017, readers can go to our earlier blog entry which can be accessed below:

"Philippine Air Force Receives First Shipment of AGM-65G2 Maverick Missiles, Gains New Capability" - first posted 30 July 2017



Project Summary:

F/SAA/LIFT Munitions Lot 1 - Short Range Air-to-Air Missile Acquisition Project


Note: Edited as of 14 September 2019.

* End User: Philippine Air Force (Air Defense Command)

* Quantity: undisclosed due to OPSEC reasons


* Modernization Phase: Horizon 1 Phase Priority Project of RAFPMP

* Project ABC:
 Php1,016,798,639.00


Acquisition Mode: Negotiated Procurement (Government-to-Government) deal with the US through US Foreign Military Sales (US FMS) program

* Source of Funding: GAA Funded


* SARO Release: SARO-BMB-D-17-0012038 dated 08 August 2017, released 09 August 2017

* Winning Proponent: Diehl Raytheon Missile Systeme GmbH (Germany)

Product for Delivery:  "a few hundred" Raytheon-Diehl AIM-9L/I-1 Sidewinder IR-guided air-to-air missile. Exact quantity not provided due to OPSEC reasons.

* Contract Price: 
Php1,016,734,088.00


* First post by MaxDefense: 
20 June 2015 


* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PAFFSAALIFTMunitionsLot1Acquisition #PAFFA50MunitionsLot1Acquisition #PAFFA50SRAAMAcquisition

* Status: Project awarded in 2017. Delivery ongoing as of 3rd quarter 2019.

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F/SAA/LIFT Munitions Lot 2 - Air-to-Surface Missile Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 14 September 2019.

* End User: Philippine Air Force (Air Defense Command)

* Quantity: undisclosed due to OPSEC reasons


* Modernization Phase: Horizon 1 Phase Priority Project of RAFPMP

* Project ABC:
 Php3,316,540,282.00


Acquisition Mode: Negotiated Procurement (Government-to-Government) deal with the US through US Foreign Military Sales (US FMS) program

* Source of Funding: GAA Funded


* SARO Release: SARO-BMB-D-17-0008811 dated 20 June 2017, released 21 June 2017

* Winning Proponent: Raytheon Missile Systems (USA)

Product for Delivery:  Raytheon AGM-65G2 Maverick air-to-ground missiles including dummy training rounds and all accessories Exact quantity not provided due to OPSEC reasons.

* Contract Price: 
Php3,316,540,282.00


* First post by MaxDefense:


* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PAFFSAALIFTMunitionsLot2Acquisition #PAFFA50MunitionsLot2Acquisition #PAFFA50AGMAcquisition


* Status: Project awarded in 2017. Delivery ongoing as of September 2019.

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First edit and release: 14 September 2019
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