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AFPMTDS Guide

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All classifications are purely unofficial and are based on an attempt to use standard classifications, they may or may not correspond to "official" designations.

1. Details of Armor are grouped under the following separate headings:

VEHICLE TYPE, DESIGN NUMBER, DESIGNATION
Type: This section contains the vehicle's specific functions
Dimensions: length, width, and height) in meters
Weight: in kilograms
Engine: Sustained maximum horsepower, engine rpm and power-to-weight ratio is given where the information is available.
Armor: front, side, and rear in millimeters and armor type is given where the information is available.
Crew: vehicle personnel capacity
Performance: This section contains operational details and some free text on the vehicle's standard performance without modifications (unless otherwise stated) which are laid out in a consistent order using the same sub-headings throughout the site. Maximum speed (maximum road speed, which may be lower in cross-country travel); Water speed (maximum water speed without special preparation or additional fording kits); Range (maximum range without refueling); Trench; Gradient (side slope given where the information is available).
Weapon Systems: This section contains operational details and some free text on weapons and sensors which are laid out in a consistent order using the same sub-headings throughout the site. The titles are:- Gun(numbers or barrels are given and the rate of fire is 'per barrel' unless stated otherwise); Grenade Launchers; Recoilless Rifles; Maximum effective range; Rate of fire (sustained rate of fire is given, unless otherwise stated); Ammunition and ammunition type; Rangefinder (used for weapons' direction equipment. In most cases the performance specifications are those of the manufacturer and may therefore be considered to be at the top end of the spectrum of effective performance); Night Gun sight; Other defenses. So-called 'operational effectiveness' is difficult to define, depends upon many variables and in the context of range may considerably less than the theoretical maximum
General Comments: A maximum of six-subheadings are used to sweep up the variety of additional information which is available but has no logical place in the other sections. These headings are: Programs; Structure; Modernization; Operational; Sales; and Opinion. The last of these allows the webmaster free rein for informed content.

2. Details of Artillery pieces are grouped under the following separate headings:

PIECE TYPE, DESIGN NUMBER
Type: This section contains the piece's specific function
Caliber: in millimeters
Dimensions: length, width, and height in meters
Weight: in kilograms
Crew: personnel needed to effectively man the piece
Performance: This section contains operational details and some free text on the vehicle's standard performance without modifications (unless otherwise stated) which are laid out in a consistent order using the same sub-headings throughout the site. Range (maximum effective, in kilometers); Elevation (both depression and elevation); Traverse; Ammunition type; Rate of Fire (sustained in rpm)
General Comments: A maximum of six-subheadings are used to sweep up the variety of additional information which is available but has no logical place in the other sections. These headings are: Programs; Structure; Modernization; Operational; Sales; and Opinion. The last of these allows the webmaster free rein for informed content.

3. Details of both Fixed-wing and Rotary-wing Aircraft are grouped under the following headings:

AIRCRAFT TYPE, DESIGN NUMBER, DESIGNATION
Type: This section contains the aircraft's specific functions
Structure: The following sections contains specific information on the aircraft's basic structures under four sub-heading, Wings; Fuselage; Tail Unit and Landing Gear for Fixed-wing aircraft and five sub-heading, Rotor System; Rotor Drive; Fuselage; Tail Unit; Landing Gear for Rotary-wing aircraft.
Accommodation: aircraft personnel capacity
Powerplant: Sustained maximum horsepower, engine rpm, and fuel capacity is given where the information is available.
Systems, Avionics and Equipment: List the standard systems avionics package and equipment of the aircraft and additional optional suites.
Dimensions, internal and external, areas, weights and performance are manufacturer-specific and unmodified unless otherwise stated. Various model designations and specifications are delineated by brackets []
Weapons Systems: This section contains operational details and some free text on weapons and load limits which are laid out in a non-consistent order throughout the site. Basically divided into Weapon Systems (list all available weapon loads and combinations whenever the information is available); and AFP Weapon Systems (list available weapon systems used specifically by the PAF).

4. Details of major warships are grouped under the following six separate headings:

Ship Class. Total vessels per class are listed as 'active + building + ordered (proposed)

Ship Names

Type: This section contains the ship's specific function
Displacement, full load: in metric tons; throughout the life of a ship its displacement tends to creep upwards as additional equipment is added and redundant fixtures and fittings are left in place. For the same reasons, ships of the same class, active in different Navies, frequently have different displacements and other dissimilar characteristics.
Dimensions: length, breadth, height; unless otherwise stated the lengths given are overall.
Main Machinery: Sustained maximum horsepower is given where the information is available.
Speed: in knots
Range: in kilometers
Complement: ship personnel capacity
Weapon Systems: This section contains operational details and some free text on weapons and sensors which are laid out in a consistent order using the same sub-headings throughout the site. The titles are:- Missiles (sub-divided into SLBM, SSM, SAM, A/S); Guns (numbers or barrels are given and the rate of fire is 'per barrel' unless stated otherwise); Torpedoes; A/S Mortars; Depth Charges; Mines; Countermeasures; Combat Data systems; Fire control; Radars; Sonars. The Fire control heading is used for weapons' direction equipment. In most cases the performance specifications are those of the manufacturer and may therefore be considered to be at the top end of the spectrum of effective performance. So-called 'operational effectiveness' is difficult to define, depends upon many variables and in the context of range may considerably less than the theoretical maximum.
Radars: This section contains the Surface Search, and Navigation radars and Sonar if available.
Builders/Year: This includes builders' name and key dates. In general the 'laid down' column reflects the keel laying but modern shipbuilding techniques are making it increasingly difficult to be specific about the start date of actual construction.
General Comments: A maximum of six-subheadings are used to sweep up the variety of additional information which is available but has no logical place in the other sections. These headings are: Programs; Structure; Modernization; Operational; Sales; and Opinion. The last of these allows the webmaster free rein for informed content.

Hull related details such as Military Lift and Cargo Capacity may be included when appropriate.

Aircraft. Only the types and numbers are included in here.

5. Details of Indigenous prototypes/projects are grouped under headings appropriate for the vessel type.

6. Minor or less important entries follow the same format except that there is often much less detail in the first four headings and all additional remarks are put together under the single heading of Program. The distinction between major and minor depends upon the editorial judgment and is primarily a function of firepower. The age of the vessel or class and its relative importance within the AFP are also taken into account. If you cannot find any of your favorite vessel or vehicle, look at the deletions list first. Deletions, decommissioned units are no longer listed in the regular table of equipments.

7. Materiel companies and weapons manufacturers frequently change their names by merger or takeover. As far as possible the inputted name shows the title when the vessel was completed or weapon system installed. It is therefore historically accurate. When a company builds a speculative or demonstrator vessel, it is usually mentioned with a note. Full details are only given if the vessel is commissioned in the AFP.

8. Vessels of Marines, Armed Police, Coast Guard, Customs are included if they have a military action.

9. When selecting photographs for inclusion, priority is given to those that have been taken most recently. Most of the photos are sourced from canon sources across the net.

10. Additional information and abbreviations used on this site can be found here in the
glossary section.


Bibliography

Publications
Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2004-2005 Paul Jackson
Jane's Fighting Ships 2004-2005
Jane's Weapon Systems
Jane's Infantry Weapon
Jane's Armour And Artillery 2005-2006, Christopher Foss
Jane's Pocket Guide Modern Military Helicopters Tim Ripley
Jane's Tank and Combat Vehicles Recognition Guide 2nd edition 2000, Christopher Foss
The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World 15th edition 2007, Eric Wertheim
The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons Systems 5th edition 200, Norman Friedman
AFP Modernization Program 2001 Annual Report
AFP Modernization Program 2002 Accomplishment Report
AFP Modernization Program 2003 Annual Report
AFP Modernization Program 2004 Annual Report
AFP Modernization Program Annual Accomplishment Report 2005
AFP Modernization Program Annual Accomplishment Report 2006
AFP Modernization Program Annual Accomplishment Report 2007
DILG Annual Report 2009
Cutting Edge
Tide of Change, 1998
The Airforce Way, 2007
Army Trooper's Newsmagazine
Navy Today
G.A. Bullet-in
"D" Net Works
Army Journal
Soldier of All
Ang Tala
Navy Digest
Perspective
The Beehive
OSS Digest 4th Qtr 2008
Phillipine Daily Inquirer
Philippine Star
Manila Bulletin
The Daily Tribune

Online sources
http://www.dnd.gov.ph
http://www.afp.mil.ph
http://www.army.mil.ph
http://www.navy.mil.ph
http://www.paf.mil.ph
http://www.coastguard.gov.ph
http://www.afpmodernization.mil.ph
http://www.lightarmordivision.net.ph
http://www.philippinemarinecorps.mil.ph
http://fleet.mil.ph
http://www.arsenal.mil.ph
http://timawa.net
http://hueybravo.net
http://www.sipri.org
https://www.cia.gov
http://www.dsca.osd.mil/programs/eda
http://www.angelfire.com/ga/batwentyone
http://www.janes.com
http://www.fas.org
http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav
http://hazegray.org
http://www.navweaps.com
http://www.globalsecurity.org
http://www.combataircraft.com
http://www.militaryfactory.com
http://afvdb.50megs.com/index.html
http://www.inetres.com/gp/military/ar/index.html
http://www.scramble.nl/ph.htm
http://www.army-technology.com/
http://www.floro-intl.com
http://en.wikipedia.org
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com
http://www.gmanews.tv

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