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Detailing the 2024 Philippine Coast Guard Budget

As the Philippine government recently enacted the 2024 General Appropriations Act into law, the first comes into mind is the figures relating to how much increase does the defense budget get, and especially the ones dedicated into the Revised AFP Modernization Program that we discussed in a separate article with its own breakdown. 

In this another quick entry, let us discuss the government budgeting relating to defense, this time about the ones received by the Philippine Coast Guard.

DISCUSSION OVERVIEW
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The Senate President in an interview said that the additional budget for the PCG is for additional Offshore Patrol Vessels, probably built by Austal's Cebu Shipyard.
Image from Austal.

In the first few days since the new year started on January 1, 2024, the Philippine government is now operating under the General Appropriations Act intended for the same year, as this piece of legislation became law on December 20, 2023, when the president signed the 2024 budget that will probably define the plans and programs of different government agencies under this fiscal period.

Previously, we wrote an entry on the 2024 Philippine defense budget, of which the details come with both welcoming and disappointing news for the Revised AFP Modernization Program, but the overall trend on the increase in the budget intended for the modernization is sufficient and significant enough that it may help the Armed Forces of the Philippines sustain the funding requirements as long as the budget provided is consistent with its allotments and the increase associated to it.

But the discussion of government budgeting intended for territorial security and integrity does not stop here, as there is more welcoming news not only in the aspects of the Department of National Defense getting an increase for both its operational and AFP Modernization Requirements, but also other relevant agencies specializing into enforcing that territorial integrity like the Philippine Coast Guard (under the Department of Transportation) comes with a significant increase on its budgeting pie.

As an ever-assertive China and both of its Coast Guard and maritime militia vessels now used to wrestle more control of features within the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone such as the Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal and Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, a budget increase for the Philippine Coast Guard is highly justified, as providing it with sufficient funding will help not only its efforts to recruit more personnel and add more vessels but also to add more facilities with some of which helps assert the country's sovereignty.

In this detailed entry, we will discuss the projects, plans, and programs that have presented not only on the 2024 General Appropriations Act for the Philippine Coast Guard, but also on other reports that gives a clear sign of how plans will go for the maritime law enforcement agency, especially on the procurement of offshore patrol vessels and building new facilities that include areas that are within the highly contested waters such as the West Philippine Sea.

THE BREAKDOWN
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The budget received by the Philippine Coast Guard amounts to around Php 29,420,681,000.00.

In the 2024 General Appropriations Act as enacted by the Congress and signed by the President in the last quarter of the year 2023, the budget received by the Philippine Coast Guard amounts to around Php 29,420,681,000.00

Detailing further, the budget allotted for Personnel Services or PS amounts to Php 19,727,892,000.00, Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses or MOOE amounting to Php 4,948,744,000.00, and Capital Outlay that amounts to Php 4,744,045,000.00.

As we notice, the budget intended for Personnel Services is higher, which makes sense considering the significant number of newly recruited personnel that the Philippine Coast Guard has recently, as the entrant rank of a Seaman Third Class has a basic salary amounting to Php 29,668.00, plus other benefits such as Hazard Pay that will make their net pay per month increased to around Php 35,000.00 to Php 36,000.00, with other deductions considered ranging from income taxation to availed loans and monthly contributions.

The budget allotted for both the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses or MOOE and Capital Outlay or CO does not come far altogether, as the former focuses more on maintenance and operating expenses for the Philippine Coast Guard’s outposts and facilities, traveling expenses for its personnel to attend seminars and trainings, and fuel expenses for both of its fleet of vehicles, aircraft like the Airbus H145 Helicopter, and white-hulled vessels that venture out to the sea like several of its Parola-class vessels patrolling the West Philippine Sea.

It is in the latter where the focus is on, as the Philippine Coast Guard sources its key acquisition projects and programs from its Capital Outlay project, of which its procurement comes with a wide range of variety such as construction of new facilities or installation of existing coastal radar, or regarding the acquisition of new Offshore Patrol Vessels through Austal’s Balamban Cebu shipyard

Take note that other acquisition projects like the five additional Teresa Magbanua-class Multirole Response Vessels under the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Acquisition Project come with a different funding arrangement, pointing directly to Japan’s Official Development Assistance or ODA Loan.

Compared to the 2023 General Appropriations Act, the Philippine Coast Guard saw its largest significant increase to-date, as the 2023 figures come only at around Php 21,908,100,000.00, of which its Capital Outlay only amounts to Php 729,976,000.00, of which this means that the Philippine Coast Guard’s budget under the 2024 General Appropriations Act for Capital Outlay comes as more than 4x larger than the 2023 figures, although the budgets for both Personnel Services (PS) and Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) saw its respective increases, albeit not as significant as the presented budget for the Capital Outlay.

Comparing both budgets even further, the Philippine Coast Guard receives a significant increase amounting to Php 7,512,581,000.00, of which the figures for Capital Outlay comes with the difference amounting to Php 4,014,069,000.00, whereas the increase for both Personnel Services or PS and Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses or MOOE comes at around Php 1,728,950,000.00 from the previous year's budget of around Php 17,998,942,000.00, and Php 1,564,863,000.00, compared from the previous year’s budget of around Php 3,179,182,000.00, respectively.

This simply means that the Philippine Coast Guard, like the Department of National Defense, receives the significant budget increase it deserves to get, as the maritime law enforcement agency aims to get additional white-hulled vessels along the way. 

Take note that like in the 2024 defense budget, the Philippine Coast Guard comes with an exemption in terms of procurement under the R.A. 9184, although similar provision applies. This further shows the ever-increasing significant role that the Philippine Coast Guard plays in securing territorial integrity whereby it also receives additional funding through other means, such as its own confidential fund.

CONFIDENTIAL FUNDS
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The intensified situation in the West Philippine Sea helped increase the Philippine Coast Guard's budget for the improvement of their mandate.
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Another thing to highlight regarding the Philippine Coast Guard’s budget under the 2024 General Appropriations Act is the approval of the re-aligned confidential funds to the maritime law enforcement agency from other departments like the Department of Information and Communications Technology or DICT, or the Department of Education or DepEd

Apparently, the escalated tensions between China and the Philippines in the year 2023 prompted the need for confidential funds for the proper agencies that need it.

According to this report from the online publication of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippine Coast Guard received at least Php 200 Million additional confidential funds as the result of the realignment that took place, with other beneficiaries being the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency or NICA amounting to Php 300 Million, National Security Council or NSC amounting to Php 100 Million, and Php 381.8 Million for the Department of Transportation, of which we will also cover under this article.

Under the 2024 General Appropriations Act, the confidential funds of the Philippine Coast Guard comes as an item under the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses or MOOE, whereby it amounts to around Php 400 Million, under the item named Confidential, Intelligence, and Extraordinary Expenses. 

This means that the Philippine Coast Guard received a significant increase into its confidential funds, compared to its 2023 General Appropriations Act budget of just Php 10 Million

This means that aside from the Php 200 Million confidential fund that the Philippine Coast Guard received through the realignment of funds before the 2024 General Appropriations Act gets enacted, the agency saw an increase of at least Php 190 Million on its own confidential fund, of which this is something that the Philippine Coast Guard deserves to get as they are now playing a role in the frontline, escorting and protecting Philippine interest in highly tensioned areas of the country like the West Philippine Sea.

Going back five years, the Philippine Coast Guard only receives at least eight-figures of confidential fund budget that does not surpass the Php 30 Million to Php 50 Million mark. For instance, the confidential fund budget for the maritime service branch under the 2019 budget only amounts to Php 39 Million, then reduced to Php 10.990 Million in the 2020 budget, and then it reduced further down to Php 10.100 Million under the 2021 budget and Php 10 Million under both 2022 and 2023 General Appropriation Acts.

This means that the Philippine Coast Guard’s confidential funds for the last five (5) years comes as small compared to the one it received under the 2024 General Appropriations Act. And that alone speaks volumes to the urgency of providing the maritime law enforcement agency the resources it needs to sustain and continue its operations, especially now that they go hand in hand with their fellow uniformed counterparts in the Armed Forces of the Philippines in pushing external defense posture.

The discussion is not just limited to the budgeting of the Philippine Coast Guard itself, but also going further to the ones that the Department of Transportation or DOTr sets to get, whereas mentioned earlier, it also received the portion of the realigned confidential funds of which they can use it to improve and develop further its projects relating to the country’s resolve of enforcing its outposts in the West Philippine Sea, specifically within the Municipality of Kalayaan, Palawan.

DOTR AND THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA
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The island now comes with a fully cemented runway that improves landing and takeoff conditions into and out of the island.
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Another thing to highlight regarding this topic is that the Philippine Coast Guard’s mother department, the Department of Transportation or DOTR, also has budget allotments aimed at funding the necessities of the troops and civilians living and working within the Kalayaan Island Group.

This Philippine municipality within the West Philippine Sea area always comes as one area of contention, as countries like China always put their so-called claim in these features that are clearly within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

One of those projects slated by the Department of Transportation in its budget under the 2024 General Appropriations Act is the airport development and expansion of the Racundo airfield, also known as the Pag-Asa island airport. 

The project amounts to around Php 1.5 Billion, of which it comes as an item under the Capital Outlay, specifically under the project compilation item named as the ‘Construction, Rehabilitation, and Improvement of Other Transportation Infrastructure - Aviation’.

This means that any of the improvements that the Pag-Asa island airport receives treats in a way that comes equally that to the country’s key airports, showing that this comes as a way for the Philippine government to further reinforce its indisputable right over these domains, as this helps the government improve the logistics chain by ensuring the improvement of this essential facility that caters both civilian and military-owned Philippine aircraft.

Another thing to point out is a special item under the project compilation item named as the ‘Construction, Rehabilitation, and Improvement of Other Transportation Infrastructure - Maritime’, the Department of Transportation provided a special project intended to build up a Shelter Port in another island within the Municipality of Kalayaan. This refers to the island of Lawak, which is another Philippine outpost in the West Philippine Sea and also the 2nd largest Philippine-manned feature of the municipality. 

Into the details, the Lawak Island Shelter Port costs at around Php 800 Million, which is a reasonable price considering that this actually involves building a new structure into a Philippine outpost that other countries also lay claim, including China. 

A shelter port is what it is in description - a facility designed to shelter small boats owned by Filipino fisherfolk living in the municipality against high waves, especially during the Typhoon season where these storms passed through the West Philippine Sea.

Both of the projects mentioned helps enforce the country’s sovereignty and dominion over the features that define the Kalayaan Island Group, of which this comes alongside Philippine Coast Guard’s significant increase in its overall budgeting prospects, particularly to its Capital Outlay and its confidential funds, as the projects in the municipality encourages more civilians to live and settle in this area aside from deploying troops, just like with Pag-Asa island itself. 

All of which covers the welfare of both troops and civilians living in Palawan’s westernmost municipality, while being defiant against the ever-increasing aggression showcased by the China Coast Guard and maritime militia

This also comes as a gesture of assuring the country’s national interest in the West Philippine Sea, as the national government, through the Department of Transportation, are now erecting more structures that further solidify the country’s presence.

ENDING NOTE
BRP Teresa Magbanua (MRRV-9701), Philippine Coast Guard, Kunigami-class, Japan ODA
The acquisition of five more Teresa Magbanua-class MRRVs will come from a Japanese ODA loan arrangement.
From Wikimedia Commons.

The Philippine Coast Guard, like the entire Department of National Defense, saw a significant increase in its 2024 budgets under the said year’s General Appropriations Act, under the Republic Act 11975. All of which comes with big-ticket acquisition projects and increased operational funding requirements in mind, aside from the ongoing recruitment processes that both the Philippine Coast Guard and different branches under the Armed Forces of the Philippines currently conduct.

This comes noticeably to the significant increase that the Philippine Coast Guard has received in both on its Capital Outlay and confidential fund allotments, in the same manner that the Armed Forces of the Philippines received for the Revised AFP Modernization Program and the budget proper of the entire Department of National Defense, with the former having the plans to purchase at least three (3) vessels from an Australian-owned shipbuilding company based in Cebu.

Take note that both the budget of both the Philippine Coast Guard and the Department of National Defense comes differently to the specific budgetary items that the Department of Transportation has for infrastructure, as they have allotments that are specific to several areas in the Kalayaan Island Group within the West Philippine Sea area, namely the improvements for the Pag-asa island airport and the construction of the Lawak Island Shelter Port that will benefit the logistics and welfare of both Filipino citizens and troops in the area.

With the 2024 General Appropriations Act now rolling from its January 1 effectivity date, it is with the likelihood that there will be interesting developments regarding differing military and coast guard-related acquisition projects and programs, as these processes have the aims of improving the overall capabilities of the Philippine government, through the military and the coast guard, to intensify its foothold and increase its presence further in the West Philippine Sea area.

All it takes now is to wait and see how the materialization phase of each acquisition project may go, as it comes with differing timelines and dates of where and when the release of the Special Allotment Release Orders or SARO documents from the Department of Budget comes out. 

Still, we are hoping and looking forward that the annual budget for these concerned agencies and departments remains constant or in an increasing trend in the succeeding years, as these help make the country secured from external threats later on.

To access the following documents, here are the following links below.





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K239 Chunmoo - A Potential and Cheaper HIMARS Alternative for the Philippine Army

The Philippine Army seeks to get more firepower in its arsenal of military weaponry as it gears on an acquisition spree of getting armored vehicles, additional rifles, helmets and armored vests for its troops, and artillery plus land-based missile systems with the latter geared for the entire Philippine Armed Forces' pursuance and gearing up for external defense posture.

As with the variety of military assets offered, here is an article featuring a potential weapons offer that came from what now counts as a traditional arms supplier of the Philippine Armed Forces, a sources country that has provided many military weaponry, from lead in fighter trainers (LIFT) to future capable corvettes (or frigates, given its capability).

INTRODUCTION
K239 Chunmoo, Philippine Army, MLRS, HIMARS MLRS, Elbit PULS MLRS
This platform is one of those considered by the Philippine Army for its firepower capability improvement.
Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The Philippine Army is now gearing up for getting newer Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems or MLRS, especially now that the country’s territorial defense counts as more essential than ever, aiming to augment anti-ship missile systems as part of the country’s coastal defense initiatives, alongside the acquisition of additional naval assets and fighter aircraft for both the Philippine Navy and Air Force, respectively. This comes as the government gears itself into pouring more investment into external defense posture.

The Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are both striving for an aggressive, pre-emptive approach, with the one dealing more with deployment of key naval and air assets far from the mainland and implement the full measure of a full deterrence posture, while keeping the mainland from getting affected by any risks associated with a shooting war. This makes sure that opposition forces (OPFOR) will not pose a potent threat against the country’s national security and sovereignty.

Initially, the Philippine Army opted to get several K-136 Kooryong Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems or MLRS from South Korea through its reserve stocks, which was then the most awaited thing to see regarding the improving capabilities of the service branch during that time. This was until a report coming from the Department of National Defense no longer pursued the acquisition of the said artillery pieces from South Korea and instead opted to get better and modernized systems like the K-239 Chunmoo.

The decision to discontinue the acquisition of the K-136 Kooryong Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) is fully justified, as the Republic of Korea Army also has the K-239 Chunmoo MLRS as a replacement for the older platform and the rationale of getting a newer platform is an idealistic approach from the maintenance point of view, especially with more countries now getting the platform for their own use such as in Poland’s case of having bulk orders of the launchers.

Aside from the K-239 Chunmoo, the Philippine Army also seeks the M-142 HIMARS Multiple-Launch Rocket System for similar purposes, although its price tag may likely prompt the leadership to have it purchased in limited numbers and instead cover the remaining numbers with either the aforementioned South Korean made system or its competitor, the PULS (Lynx) Multiple-Launch Rocket System developed by Israeli defense firm Elbit Systems Ltd.

This shows that the Philippine Army still has the interest in securing its own Multiple-Launch Rocket System batteries, despite discontinuing the plans to get the older K-136 Kooryong MLRS from South Korean stocks and instead securing newly produced ones for its coastal defense and additional artillery firepower purposes. The interest comes alongside the land service branch’s renewed interest in securing BrahMos missiles after the Philippine Marine Corps secured their batteries, also for coastal defense.

In this topic, we discuss in-depth regarding the K-239 Chunmoo MLRS development with some background on South Korea’s defense industry, along with the specifications of the platform as compared to the HIMARS and the PULS MLRS of both Lockheed Martin and Elbit Systems Ltd., and also latest export developments of the K-239 Chunmoo that may help increase logistics chains and spare parts source, which in return, helps gauge the Philippine Army in its decision making in choosing this South Korean-made platform.

SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
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The Polish K-239 Chunmoo, also known as the Homar-K MLRS, presents as an indicator of the system’s continuous development.
Image Source.

Like any other systems we discussed in this website, the systems that any of the branches within the Armed Forces of the Philippines may take along the way deserve its discussion regarding systems development, as it gives understanding and knowledge regarding the origins of any platforms presented and has the possibility for the military leadership to consider. For the K-239 Chunmoo, it started in 2009 when a contract for the replacement of the older K-136 Kooryong went to Hanwha Aerospace.

South Korea’s defense research agency DAPA or Defense Acquisition Program Administration has spent around US$112.8 million or KRW131.4 billion for the development and eventual production of the new multiple-launch rocket system for the Republic of Korea Army, of which the initial process for mass-produced copies started on August 2014 and since then effectively replacing the older K-136 Kooryong MLRS that the Philippine Army went into consideration before getting canceled.

The Republic of Korea Armed Forces have purchased at least more than a hundred K-239 Chunmoo MLRS to replace their older K-136 Kooryong MLRS, both intended for their active use within the South Korean Army and Marine Corps service, with 58 units initially ordered during the first production lines opened in 2014. Since then, the K-136 Kooryong MLRS served as one of South Korea’s mainstay artillery platforms as part of its defense, especially against North Korea’s constant threats.

The truck where the K-136 Kooryong MLRS has installed also comes as part of the development of the launcher and the rocket system munitions onboard, all of which are part of Hanwha’s development and eventual manufacturing process. The other variant comes with Poland’s Jelcz truck chassis, both of which have 8x8 wheels for better traction of the vehicles. We will discuss this further on the specifications part of this topic regarding the South Korean-made Multiple-Launch Rocket System.

With the Polish interest in acquiring the K-239 Chunmoo MLRS, or what they called as the “Homar-K” Multiple-Launch Rocket System, it may help advance further any future developments that Hanwha Aerospace may have with this system, which may eventually provide them with the much-needed marketing points once they further market the systems to the Philippine Army for its coastal artillery defense needs, going alongside the likes of the BrahMos coastal-based anti-ship missile system from India.

SPECIFICATIONS
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The K-239 Chunmoo can operate with different missile payloads depending on mission requirements.
Image Source.

Understanding the specifications of the K-239 Chunmoo Multiple-Launch Rocket System or MLRS currently employed by the Republic of Korea Armed Forces is an important thing, as this will help measure and give comparative capabilities to other ones that may go as a potential future platform of the Philippine Army such as the M-142 HIMARS MLRS, and also in knowing more in its improvements as compared to its predecessor, the K-136 Kooryong Multiple-Launch Rocket System once offered to the land service branch.

First to check regarding the specifications of the K-239 Chunmoo MLRS is its dimensions, whereby it comes with a weight of at least twenty-five (25) tons, length of nine (9) meters, width of two point five (2.5) meters, and height of three (3) meters. To add it up, the K-239 Chunmoo comes with a diesel engine with a power of 400 horsepower (hp), enabling it to have a maximum road speed of 90 kilometers per hour (kph), while having an overall range of at least 800 kilometers.

To add it up, the K-239 Chunmoo has the capability of carrying and firing rockets of different rounds, just as it is with the M-142 HIMARS MLRS with both of its regular rocket rounds of six (6) canisters of either the ER-MLRS or the guided MLRS or abbreviated as the GMLRS munition, and a single round of MGM-140 ATACMS warhead for specific mission requirements. Multiple rocket load-out options enable both the M-142 HIMARS and the K-239 Chunmoo to perform with better results.

Speaking of the varying load-outs that the K-239 Chunmoo comes in its arsenal of rocket options, it usually comes with six (6) differently sized rocket rounds, although only three (3) of these rockets have specified performance depending on the number of rockets can load in a single MLRS unit, its weight, and its firing range. The three different rocket rounds with specified performance are the 130 mm rocket load-out, 227 mm rocket load-out, and the 230 mm rocket rounds.

The 130 mm rocket is one of the common rounds that is available in the South Korean military’s artillery arsenal, as this is also the one that the K-136 Kooryong MLRS uses as its regular rocket munition. This makes sense from the logistical point of view as the 130 mm rocket can launch from these two differing systems, although the K-239 Chunmoo has the advantage of firing larger rounds and heavier rocket load-out. This regular rocket comes with 55 kg rocket weight, 20 kg warhead weight, and a range of 23 kilometers.

While the 130mm rocket for a single K-239 Chunmoo MLRS unit comes with 40 tubes, these other rocket rounds are heavier and larger than this conventional munition, although it goes limited to only just 12 rounds, fitted in its respective canisters. This refers to both the 227 mm rocket rounds and the 230 mm rocket rounds, with the rocket weight coming at 296 kilograms and 300 kilograms, respectively. Likewise, both aforementioned munitions have a greater range of around 45 kilometers and 80 kilometers, respectively.

This means that the K-239 Chunmoo MLRS comes with more firepower packed with its rocket load-out as compared to the M-142 HIMARS Multiple-Launch Rocket System or MLRS, as the former loads twice the typical 227 mm rocket rounds than the latter, although its key disadvantage is it cannot get embarked onboard a C-130J aircraft given both its size and weight, the latter showing that the South Korean MLRS being twice as heavy as the US-made wheeled MLRS. 

It shows a clear example of showing pros and cons of both platforms, with one capability gets traded to another to attain either the mobility that the M-142 HIMARS MLRS have, or the firepower that it can load on where the K-239 Chunmoo MLRS is clearly at the advantage.

IN SUMMARY
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The Philippine Army is also considering the Elbit Lynx PULS for its MLRS Acquisition.
Image from Elbit Systems Ltd.

The Philippine Army, like the other service branches under the Armed Forces of the Philippines, is now gearing up for territorial defense purposes, as the current administration aims to get it as a priority amidst ever-uncertain situation across the globe, especially with the ever-increasing aggression in the West Philippine Sea by external actors like China, and also its long-looming invasion of the island nation of Taiwan, which only sits lie north of the country.

As the other branches like the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Air Force purchasing their respective military hardware like guided-missile frigates and multi-role fighter Jets, respectively, the Philippine Army is gearing up for coastal defense deployments, other acquisition plans like additional armored vehicles are getting set aside in favor of securing more military hardware specialized on external defense such as Land-Based Missile Systems and multiple-launch rocket systems or MLRS.

Speaking of MLRS platforms, the Philippine military is clearly interested in securing the likes of the M-142 HIMARS for its use, although the likes of K-239 Chunmoo MLRS and the Elbit Lynx PULS (see image above) are also in the table. This modern South Korean MLRS is now pushed on as the Philippine Armed Forces no longer see interest in securing the older stocks of K-136 Kooryong Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems from South Korea and instead focused more on modern MLRS solutions with flexible munition options available.

This also means that putting the K-239 Chunmoo into consideration as a preferable Multiple-Launch Rocket System of the Philippine Army may get its viability later on, especially that the South Koreans successfully exported a bulk of this system to the eastern European country of Poland, enabling them to market this into other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO, of which Poland is a member of, as this improves logistical capabilities later on for outsourcing spare parts and munitions.

In an ending note, the Philippine Army is keen on securing more MLRS solutions into its own tools that help secure the country from external threats with its shore-based deployment of missile and artillery platforms, although it remains to see which platforms get the best preference for the leadership or if the acquisition program pushes through given that there is always a change of plans. But one can still look forward to the Philippine Army’s plan in securing its MLRS, whether it may be the K-239 Chunmoo or not.





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