Warpower: Philippines



The Warpower series of sites take a unique, 'by-the-numbers', quick-reference approach to the current (2023) military capabilities of the Philippines. Within this site are detailed inventory counts representing the total available unit power of air, land, and sea forces of the country as it strives to modernize under the shadow of a growing China in the region. The systems represented throughout this site represent the very tools that would be brought to bear should the current Asia-Pacific 'Cold War' situation go 'hot'.

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The following showcase includes Primary and Secondary supplier of military goods to the nation of the Philippines, be they direct or indirect suppliers.

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Total Units: 188


Philippine Air Force, Naval Aviation, and Army Aviation forces are shown below. If a separate Marine Aviation force exists, that will be displayed after Army entries.


12
FA-50PH
Light Strike
AIR FORCE
7
OV-10
Close-Air Support
AIR FORCE
6
A-29
Light Strike
AIR FORCE
24
MD520N
Armed Scout
AIR FORCE
23
UH-1D
Medium Utility
AIR FORCE
15
S-70i
Multi-Mission
AIR FORCE
9
S-76
SAR/Medium Utility
AIR FORCE
8
AW109
Medium Utility
AIR FORCE
8
Bell 205A
Medium Utility
AIR FORCE
7
Bell 412
SAR/VIP
AIR FORCE
5
W-3
SAR/Medium Utility
AIR FORCE
2
T129 ATAK
Attack Helo
AIR FORCE
1
Bell AH-1F
Attack Helo
AIR FORCE
5
C-130B
Tactical Transport
AIR FORCE
5
CN-295
Tactical Transport
AIR FORCE
3
Nomad
Utility Transport
AIR FORCE
2
NC212i (C-212)
Light Transport
AIR FORCE
1
F28
VIP/Utiilty
AIR FORCE
1
Turbo Commander
Utilty Transport
AIR FORCE
21
SF.260
Basic Trainer
AIR FORCE
3
S.211
Jet Trainer
AIR FORCE
2
Cessna 208
Reconnaissance
AIR FORCE
1
F27
Maritime Patrol
AIR FORCE
5
BN-2
Utility Transport
NAVY
5
King Air 90
Maritime Patrol
NAVY
4
AW109
Medium Utility
NAVY
2
AW159
Medium Utility
NAVY
1
Short 330
Utility Transport
ARMY

Total Units: 5,229


The Philippine Army is a modernizing force centered on tracked and wheeled solutions ofr foreign origin. The nation fields a vast assortment of support vehicles to cover various battlefield roles including troop-ferrying, fire support, in-direct fire, and targeted direct fire. Vehicles have been purchased in number from a variety of nations including the United States, Brazil, and more modern solutions from Turkey. Take together, the systems make for a fluid, mobile fighting force. Engineering, logistics, and command are all supported through various designs. The artillery section has multiple mortar types collectively numbering several thousand pieces while mainstay towed systems are largely American and Israeli in origin, between 105mm and 155mm calibers. The nation has committed to the South Korea K136 to serve as a primary Multiple-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) in the in-direct, ranged fire role.


18
Sabrah LT
Light Tank
10
Sabrah (8x8)
Light Tank
14
M113A1 FSV
Fire Support Vehicle
4
M113A2 FSV
Fire Support Vehicle
38
AIFV-25
IFV
13
PIFV-12.7
IFV
4
M113A2 IFV
IFV
6
ACV-15
APC
50
M113A1
APC
114
M113A2
APC
6
M113A2+
APC
20
M125A2
Mortar Carrier
28
Guarani
APC
130
FS100 Simba
Scout Car
130
Commando
Scout Car
35
CS/VP3
MRAP
20
HMMWV
Multi-Mission
3
K151
Scout Car
15
Cardom 120
Mortar Carrier
2
MX-8
Security Vehicle
1
ASCOD CV
Command Vehicle
4
M934 MCP
Command Post
1
ASCOD ARV
Armored Recovery
10
YPR-806
Armored Recovery
1
ACV-15 ARV
Armored Recovery
2
Merkava JAB
Bridgelayer
1
GQL-111 VLB
Bridgelayer
10
Engineering
Various
30
Utility
Various
4,194
Logistics
Various
118
M101
105mm towed
12
M101/30
105mm towed
100
Model 56/14 PACK
105mm Howitzer
24
M102
105mm Towed
12
M114
155mm towed
18
M-71
155 Towed
12
ATMOS 2000
155mm SPG
19
K136
130mm MLRS

Philippine military manpower by-the-numbers.


Philippine manpower is centered on its population of just over 110,000,000 people of which less than 45% are available and several hundred thousand make up the armed forces. The nation fields over 100,000 active personnel and has, in reserve, an additional 100,000 with a paramilitary force made up of another 50,000 or so individuals.
NOTES: Values below used (with permission) from the military stats aggregator site www.GlobalFirepower.com, detailing the current strengths and weaknesses of modern military forces by-the-numbers.



Total Population
110,818,325
(100%)

Available Manpower
47,651,880
(43.0%)

Total Military Personnel (est.)
280,000
(0.3%)

Active Personnel
130,000
(0.1%)

Reserve Personnel
100,000
(0.1%)

Active Paramilitary
50,000
(0.0%)

Air Force Personnel
33,600
(0.0%)

Navy Personnel
39,500
(0.0%)

Army Personnel
201,000
(0.2%)

Total Units: 71


The modern Philippine Navy has a decided focus on control of its vast shorelines, the focus being placed squarely on Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) types - these make up over 70% of fighting strength. More recent additions arriving from South Korea are a pair of fighting frigates and the corvette fleet is set to expand some. The OPV fleet is a mix of various foreign types with hull ages ranging from a few years to well over forty. The service also has a healthy number of amphibious assault / support vessels on which to call on including several relatively new arrivals from both Australia and South Korea.


1
Jose Rizal
Frigate
1
Antonio Luna
Frigate
1
Conrado Yap
Corvette
1
Gregorio del Pilar
OPV
1
Ramon Alcarez
OPV
1
Andres Bonifacio
OPV
1
Emilio Jacinto
OPV
1
Apolinario Mabini
OPV
1
Artemio Ricarte
OPV
1
Magat Salamat
OPV
1
Gen. M. Alvarez
OPV
2
Kagitingan-class
OPV
2
Nestor Acero-class
OPV
1
Alberto Navarette
OPV
1
Abraham Campo
OPV
22
Jose Andrada
OPV
18
Various
OPV
1
Tarlac
Amphib.Asslt
1
Davao del Sur
Amphib.Asslt
2
Bacolod City
Logistics
3
LST-1/LST-542
Landing Ship
1
Tagnabua
Landing Craft
5
Ivatan
Landing Craft
1
Mamanwa
Landing Craft

Ranks of the various military services of the nation of the Philippines.


Ranks are listed below, lowest ('OR', Enlisted) to highest ('OF', Officer). The Philippine military generally takes the same approach to its ranks and organization system as seen in most Western powers, particularly that of the United States. Therefore, the lowest enlisted rank is that of Private (OR-1) while the highest attainable rank in the service in that of General (OF-10).


Philippine Army Ranks (arranged Lowest-to-Highest)
Private
OR-1
Pvt 1st Class
OR-2
Corporal
OR-3
Sergeant
OR-4
Tech Sergeant
OR-5
Master Sergeant
OR-6
Senior Mstr Sgt
OR-7
Chief Mstr Sgt
OR-8
2nd Lieutenant
OF-1
1st Lieutenant
OF-2
Captain
OF-3
Major
OF-4
Lt Colonel
OF-5
Colonel
OF-6
Brig. General
OF-7
Major General
OF-8
Lt General
OF-9
General
OF-10


Philippine Navy Ranks (arranged Lowest-to-Highest)


Philippine Air Force Ranks (arranged Lowest-to-Highest)
Airman
Enlisted
Airman 2nd Class
Enlisted
Airman 1st Class
Junior NCO
Sergeant
Senior NCO
Staff Sergeant
Senior NCO
Tech. Sergeant
Senior NCO
Master Sergeant
Senior NCO
Sr. Master Sergeant
Senior NCO
Chief Mstr Sergeant
Senior NCO
2nd Lieutenant
Junior Officer
1st Lieutenant
Junior Officer
Captain
Junior Officer
Major
Senior Officer
Lt Colonel
Senior Officer
Colonel
Senior Officer
Brig. General
Flag Officer
Major General
Flag Officer
Lt General
Flag Officer
General
Flag Officer
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