Chinese Government secretly calls Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson through the back door channel after China intercepted a plan by the Philippines to purchase fighter jets from the United States.
They ask the CEO to stop and block the Philippine government on its acquisition plan to procure 1 squadron or 12 units of F16-V Fighting Falcon Fighter Jets. This was confirmed by our insider at the control, and assembly plant facility inside Lockheed Martin.
The CEO responded and strictly informed China that they have no rights to do this. It is highly unacceptable to follow a direct order from them or orders from the other government because it will compromise company’s interest. “We can only follow orders from our own government, the United States of America. In fact, we cannot derail such agreement because it is a G to G policy or government to government arrangement.” CEO added.
Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Lauro Catalino Dela Cruz said: “We all knew that by all means, China wants to take and hold the entire South China Sea including the West Philippine Sea by coercion or with the use of force, so we are now preparing for any eventualities.”
F- 16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,500 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976. Although no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force, improved versions are still being built for export customers. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation, which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.
By the next year 2016 Philippine air Force fighter pilots, that’s already trained in flying a Korean made FA-50 Golden Eagle fighter jet will be capable of flying this 4th generation F16-V fighter jets which are the latest version of its class.
According to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, the Philippines are considering this type of fighter jet and they are now in a process to acquire 1 squadron multirole 12 units F-16V “Viper” Fighting Falcon fighter jets through the help and offer of the United States military soft loan assistance package. This will help guard their territory against any intrusion in the West Philippine Sea.
Recently, President Barrack Obama made a request to the Congress to prioritize the approval of Philippine security defense budget.
An approval of US Congress soft loan package is on its way, waiting for immediate signing and implementation.
The project acquisition of 1 squadron 12 units F16-V fighting Falcon Fighter Jets including parts, missiles, weapons, and training has a hefty price tag of around $386 million dollars.
Meanwhile, with the immediate passage of Senate bill 1657 amending Section 53 of Republic act 9184 the law allowing President Aquino to immediately negotiate and procure military assets directly through its friendly allies or to a government that has mutual security defense arrangement. Such military assets are Fighter Jets, Warship, Frigates and Destroyers (GTAM) Ground to air missile or (SAM) surface to air missiles, attack submarines, attack choppers, and combat tanks for the use of the Armed Forces of the Philippines minimum credible defense posture.