Biyernes, Agosto 21, 2015

Blunders on the scrapped AFP's Missile Systems; Lessons from the Yom Kippur War


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The good thing about YouTube or Putlocker.com is you don’t need to read.
You just grabbed a cold San Miguel Beer Light, lies at your bed, watch the documentary or flick rolls before your eyes.
Shore based anti ship missile system (photo : Militaryphotos)
Last night I was glued with the video documentary of the 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel and Egypt. Yom Kippur is the holiest day in Judaism, which also occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The connection of this war with today’s event has something to do with our Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) scrapping recently the P6.5 billion Shore Based Missiles System (SBMS) (a land-based mobile anti-ship missile system) by replacing them with marksmen rifles, long range sniper weapons system, and protective gears for the Philippine Army’s counter-insurgency operations.  A project pregnant with anomalies, as some critics said as it was not a government to government transaction but subject to the dynamics of bidding system Filipinos and their private contractors’ cohorts are very good at.
According to Diplomat.com, the DND and the Israeli Ministry of Defense spent several years negotiating the SBMS deal, which is worth Php 6.5 billion. The missile system would be put under the operational control of the Philippine Air Force and would be installed along the coast of the Philippines’ western-most island of Palawan as part of the AFP’s maritime interdiction system against China’s growing naval presence in the South China Sea
SBMS is an Anti S Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) system, which involves countering a superior opposing force by limiting its area of free and safe access using asymmetric systems like missile batteries to guard sea and air spaces.
So let’s go back to the Yom Kippur War. The lesson we can learn in that War was the important role played by the Russian made Surface-Air-Missiles or SAMs just like the important role by the defunct SBMS' program versus the Chinese naval and air assets.
As you know Egypt’s air force  was almost decimated by the Israelis surprised attacks  in the Six Days War in 1967 when Israel jets flew too low to avoid the Egyptian’s radar.
In that 1967 War, a total of 338 Egyptian aircraft were destroyed and 100 pilots were killed. And I am not talking yet here about the Russian Migs and British Hawker jets blown to air and on the ground by the Jews in Syria and Jordan.
Yom Kippur: The War