Saturday, November 1, 2008

A "Test" post from Windows Live Writer

I just installed Windows Live Writer, and today im trying to make a new post from a Windows Live Writer, if this work, maybe i'll using this to post new entry to the blog. Hopes this work (cross-knees)

Friday, October 12, 2007

The flight of Assunta - Army's new TUAV

Philippine Army - Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) “ASSUNTA”

A project initiated by Col. Ricardo Morales, PA

Technical Details
Wing Span: 120 Inches
Over-all Length: 50 Inches
Weight: 30 lbs
Material: Wood

Power Plant: 40-cc two stroke gasoline engine (Similar to grass cutter)
Max Speed: 50-80 knots (148 k/h)
Max Flight Hours: Two (2) Hours
Flight Range: 20 km
Take-Off Range: 50-meter take-off run
Effective Viewing Range: 2,000 Feet

Avionics: GPS based pre-set waypoints.
Manufacturer: OB Mapua and Partners w/ Philippine Army
- Basic – PhP 250,000.00
- Complete (Avionic Com, autopilot system, control station) – PhP 1 million.
Development Timeline: One (1) years

Ground Control Crew: 3-5 Technicians

Thursday, October 11, 2007

"SMART" Bomb Disposal Robot (B.D.R.)

"SMART" Bomb Disposal Robot (B.D.R.)

Engr. John Judilla, head adviser of Mapua Robotics Team. Spearheads the development of the "SMART" Bomb Disposal Robot (B.D.R.) from its predecessor the Spearhead (Phalanx) and the Tunnel Rover, B.D.R. is designed for reconnaissance and bomb identification. At a maximum distance of 100 feet the operator may survey the suspected site at a safe distance. The B.D.R. is Equipped with a high resolution CMOS, IR-CMOS, CCD Camera, an adjustable griper and a proximity collision sensor. More test and development are made to improve the capability of the B.D.R. The estimated unit cost of the B.D.R. is Php 75,000.00

InAwards Won

Silver Medal:
● Second Prize Winner, 1st World cup on Computer Implemented Inventions (CII)
● Semifinals (Asia, Australia and Africa) last Sept. 27-30, 2007 held at taipe, Taiwan awarded by the International Federation of Inventor Association (IFIA)
● IFIA Gold Medal For Excellent Computer Implemented Invention
● During the 2007 Taipe International Invention Show and Technomart last September 27 to 30, 2007 the "SMART" Bomb Disposal Robot won international awards.
● Quality of Life Award by Minnesota Inventors Congress USA

Thanks to Harry of MIT for this information.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Where have all the beast go?


Prototype design made by SteelCraft Industries, once competed on AFP’s search for a new wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC), thou it lost to Simba APC. They no longer manufacture the said model, it is officially defunct, but the design is used for later creation of MX-1 Kalakian.

MX-1 Kalakian
Crew: ? (could be comparable to Simba AFV)

Cummins 6 cylinder 250 HP In-Line engine
Fuel Capacity: 300 liters diesel fuel
Suspension: Allison 4x 4 transmission
Speed: 100 km/h

Armour: 12mm thick armor plating, comparable to Simba AFV
Weapon System: Three Weapon Turret System
40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL)
50 cal MG
7.62mm MG (one on the turret and one on the rear)

The prototypes mounted with a one man - three weapon turret system equipped with a 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL), a .50 caliber MG and a 7.62mm Machine gun. It has another 7.62mm LMG at the rear.

For better protection and target acquisition of the gunner, the AGL was house inside the turret; and to suit the tactical needs of our troops for faster mounting and dismounting, a variation was made from the usual two-door configuration of our present armored vehicles. The prototype has two (2) side doors and one (1) rear door. It can accommodate up to twelve (12) combat equipped dismounts that could be inserted in an engagement area.

Type: Scout/Escort Vehicle
Crew: 2 (commander, driver)
Armament: 7.62 mm MG

Modification made :
- Engine is replaced by Diesel Engine
- Modified drive train with 5-speed pre-selected transmission
- Upgraded windshields (probably bullet proof).


On 2005 another prototype from SteelCraft debut, the brainchild of then PA-Chief Lt. Gen. Romeo Tolentino, in response to army’s need to replace their vehicle used in escort security missions which is usually done by their armored fighting vehicles.

In terms of mobility, the MX-8 is almost equivalent to humvee only with shorter turning radius, with 4X4 capabilities for off-road use. In maintenance, parts are commercially available, and most of all, they are low cost, totally depend from foreign parts since it is available locally, except for it’s engine Mitsubishi FUSO 130BHP Diesel which came from Japan, Tune-up & oil change, is very cheap it could only cost in estimated Php 2.5k, cheap huh?, expected over-all cost is as the same as a delivery truck.

Cost of operation?, estimated at around P6 million, approximately 80% less than the price of a Simba APC, it is primarily used as escort security vehicle, but it can also be used as Armored troop support even in harsh terrain, which is common here in the Philippines.

It has a top speed of 100-120 km/h, it withstand a fire from 7.62 mm (M60, M14, AK-47), and it can also withstand fire from a .50 caliber depending on the angle of impact.

It can accommodate a crew of 3 (Commander, Driver, Gunner), the power to weight ration is 30:1 minimum (with full combat weight), with the estimated gross weight of 4,000–5,000 kg if fully loaded, the weight is similar to the humvee but it is lighter than a LAV-150 Commando.

MX-8 is armed with one (1) 7.62 mm belgian-type machine gun (possibly M240/FN MAG)

The army are considering some future version; like water resistant, Twin .50 cal MG, armored troop carrier and TOW version.

This post will be continually update by the author without prior notice.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Philippine Defense Tech - Welcome!!!

For the past years I’ve been interested in philippine military and law enforcement technology, especially the indigenous one, that’s why I created this blog site to show, inform or educate all filipinos or foreigners alike, what are the filipino defense technology is, and what we can do on national and foreign security, this blog does not only showcase all latest philippine defense technology, but it also update all previous technology that has been started way before this blog site started.
I do not wished this site to be the official and comprehensive reference on all philippine defense technology, but just to give a insight/personal view on what’s going on our country’s defense.
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Salam to all.
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