Which is why I was very surprised following reports not too long ago that there was interest in SSKs. Buying SSKs is the easy part; the not so easy part is establishing the needed infrastructure to support those SSKs. Using Malaysia as an example; it spent a billion Euros on a couple of Scorpenes years ago but has also spent hundreds of millions refitting both boats and establishing the needed shore support infrastructure [a simulator; maintenance facilities, equipment to support the batteries and other stuff; storage areas, slipways, etc].I agree because even mobile ones need infrastructure and sensors which do cost money.
Very true and in recent years we've seen increased amounts of cash being allocated for defence. Whether it's because there is a greater realisation that there is a vital need to do so or because there is no choice given the age of some of the AFP's assets and how overstretched it is, is the question. The way I see it, there must be a fine balance between how much the country's leadership is willing to spend on equipping the AFP for external defence and how much it will continue spending on internal security. Can it devote equal focus and priority to both?There has to be a political will in the Philippines to invest in defence.
The good news is that there is a truce with groups with the NPA, MILF and MILF but there are other groups like the BIFF and ASG; the army and Marines regularly engages in ops with both and just last week 6 men were killed off Zamboanga in a pirate attack.