Smart bombs no, smart pilots yes, says PAF general



ZAMBOANGA CITY—The Philippine Air Force (PAF) used “smart pilots”—not US satellite-guided “smart bombs”—when it hit an Abu Sayyaf lair in Parang, Sulu province, on February 2 and killed a bandit leader, Gumbahali Jumdail, and other terrorists, a PAF general insisted Thursday.

Major General Jose Tony Villarete, commander of the 3rd Air Division based in Zamboanga City, was reacting to an Associated Press report which said the PAF used satellite-guided bombs—a previously unavailable technology acquired from the United States in blasting the Abu Sayyaf hideout.

Villarete told the Philippine Daily Inquirer he felt insulted by the report that “attributes such a victory to American soldiers … It appears we had no capability to strike using our existing hardware.”

Villarete said: “Everyone knows how old our aircraft are, like the OV-10s. What we employed were smart pilots, four smart pilots using old aircraft.”

Please credit Air Force

Even if smart bomb technology was made available to the PAF, Villarete said “it was impossible to attach guided missiles to aging aircraft.”

“No such smart bombs, just smart pilots, please credit our Air Force,” he said.

Villarete admitted that the pilots involved in the strike underwent training with US forces here.

“And we will always place all our pilots under training with the US, we have been training them before, now and in the future,” he added.

Oplan Nemesis

The Western Mindanao Command chief, Major General Noel Coballes, also denied the AP report.

He said what the military used in the strikes were two OV-10 aircraft loaded with 500-pound bombs.

“I may have not seen how the bombs were attached but I was informed about it,” Coballes said.

He said the bombing run was the result of weeks of planning.

Two weeks before the operation “code-named Oplan Nemesis” was launched, the pilots that carried it out were trained by US forces on “how to use the said aircraft in a manner that they can deliver a successful air strike at dawn,” he said.

Coballes said part of the training module was how to effectively set off bombs to cause more damage.

Senior Superintendent Antonio Freyra, Sulu police chief, said that when police investigators went to the area hit by the bombs a few hours after the strikes, they saw a “clean hit.”

“The destruction was so great that I asked myself if smart bombs were not used in the attack,” Freyra said by phone.  He said the explosions left no crater “so I also suspected that a new technology was used.”

He said he was later told the bombs were set off in mid air.

Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command, said they expected issues such as this to be raised, especially by skeptics.

“Basically, what we had was a reliable asset, timely intelligence, deliberate planning and well-trained pilots,” he said.

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    Have read the article from AP. it so it seems na mas kapanipaniwala yung statement sa AP…. Smart bombs nga po yun!… but never the less Kudos rin sa PAF, but hindi naman po masama na sabihin niyo na Smart bombs din po yun di ba?

  • generalproblem

    pwede na kahit anong smart nung piloto kung bobo yung bomba hinid pa rin yan tatama ng eksakto sa gusto mong patamaan. masyado nagmamagaling itong mga air force natin. full of air pa rin

    • Mamang Pulis

      di naman ganoon general sir—-ang daming tinamaan!

      sa totoo lang sobrang daming puno bumagsak at galit na galit yun imam na may ari ng lupa

      nasira yun durian, niyog na pang copra sana,lanzones, kape, mangis, bauno….


  • quphal

    eh ano kung smart bomb o smart pilot? ang mahalaga talo ang mga bad guys. wag na masyadong maghangad ng parangal at intindihin na lang ang susunod na hakbang ng kalaban dahil siguradong gaganti ang mga traydor na yan.

  • Rene V

    smart bombs and smart pilots … better

  • Mitchell

    It’s obvious the truth is being covered up with a knee – jerk reaction coming from a dumb-ass retard Philippine military spokesman. Th

  • ThudOthwacker

    Yes smart pilots. But enterprising generals for buying trainer planes to protect our airspace. Vietnam ordered missile guided ships and $2 billion submarines. Our admiral approved on the spot to acquire ageing strip down coast guard ship. 

    We need patriotic officials with forward thinking.

  • boytalakitok

    but isn’t dumb to fly those old aircrafts?

  • bb_demokrasya

    What’s the fuss about smart bombs? what’s important is that the terrorists were liquidated. they don’t have the right to live. if they live, more people suffer and die.

  • joboni96

    most probable scenario

    papogi ng u.s. for stealth bases
    pinagamit gps smart bomb
    no mods needed in the bronco

    of course
    with smart pilipino pilots

    yan mapala niyo
    dikit ng dikit sa
    imperialistang u.s.
    nawawalan ng tiwala tuloy
    kababayan natin

    kaya natin on our own

  • Loggnat

    ‘Even if smart bomb technology was made available to the PAF, Villarete said “it was impossible to attach guided missiles to aging aircraft.”’/// A bomb is different from a missile. A missile flies with its own power after released from the aircraft while a bomb uses gravity only in its flight. A smart bomb can be modified with a smart bomb kit that controls the direction of the bomb on the way down. This is accomplished by changing the configuration/position of the fins that guides the direction of the bomb. The fins positioning are controlled by correction signals from the internal computer system which gets its information from guiding signals from a smart guidance system ie. laser, gps, radar, etc. It is possible then to use a smart 500 lb. bomb being dropped by an 0V-10 while the 2nd 0V-10 illuminates the target with a laser designator. All these capabilities, the 0V-10 was once configured and used during its stint in the Marine, Navy and the Air Force.

    • Natx Bacalzo

       you make more sense than these PAF generals. I have respect for PAF pilot but PAF planes and pilots do not fly at night because for them its like a suicide to land at night. then they want to tell the world that they made a precision dawn bombing solely on the competence of PAF pilots.   Funny!

    • pangitbudhiko

      General Villarete is not doing his homework, The smart laser guided bomb can be attached outside the OV 10 . Please do you homework before Somebody shoot you in the head.

  • Mamang Pulis

    mam julie–parang na delete ata comment ko—totoo ba?

  • Natx Bacalzo

    gen coballes commented that they were trained by the US forces on “how to use the said aircraft in a manner that they can deliver a successful air strike at dawn,” , meaning that the US air force are still using these coffins called OV-10 to be able to train the PAF? Get real general!

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  • pangitbudhiko

    Major General Jose Tony Villarete you should be ashame of your Uniform.

    Why I said that saying that the OV 10 broncos is an ageing plane. This general doesn’t know what he is talking about.

    OV 10 broncos was manufactured in 1960

    The Boeing B 52 Stratofortress was manufactured in 1950 and the Plane has been the backbone of the US Airforce for the last 62 years. the B52, has firstseen  active combat in the Korean war, the Vietnam war, The Kosovo Bombing and first Gulp war, name any conflict the US of A  is involved the B52 is right there.

    General Jose Tony Villarete please for you own good don’t do a media interview better still MAGNOYNOYING KA NA LANG

    • ervel26260

      Ano bang alam mo pagsa military eh hangang sa news mo lang nakukuha ang mga alam mo samantalang si 
      Major General Jose Tony Villarete ay military yan at General pa. Ikaw nag military ka ba? Napaka ignorante mo. Sa palagay mo ba basta basta na lang ibibigay ng US ang technology nila sa Smart bomb system? Syempre hindi papayag ang US at ang manufacturer ng Smart bomb system. Palagay mo ba puweding i convert ang OV 10 na magdala ng Smart Bomb System? Mag military ka muna sa US ha, hindi dito sa Pinas upang may matotohan ka tungkol sa mga armaments ng US Military kung US citizen ka. 

      • pangitbudhiko

        humirit ka na naman, sabi sa iyo magresearch.
        If you have a relative here in Canada or in the U.S. of A, ask your relative if they have MILITARY CHANNEL  on their cable TV, and if they have you will know what I am talking about, Now ikaw ang walang alam.

        Medyo mahina ang iyung pangunawa, As I said magresearch ka kung ano yung OV 10 Broncos.

        US Military will share some of their Military talent but not all of them as long as the one benefiting are friendly to their ideals.

        Tama the US of  A will not share their Military secret to china or Russia.

        As to Villarete, dude this guy is hign on drugs, before the OV 10 broncos was brought to the Philippines the US refurbished this plane to be fitted with launcher for smart bomb.

      • Bom

         dude hindi na ginagamit yung binigay ng US kaya wala ng capability na magdala ng launcher yan para sa smart bomb mo..ung binigay ng US e matagal na yun..ung mga bagong OV-10 yan galing THAILAND IBA SPECIFICATIONS NYAN KESA DUN SA sinasabi mo na galing US..mas kaunti ang dala nyang PAYLOAD..ok?..

      • pangitbudhiko

        If you will google OV 10 Broncos, it will open your brain.
        Huwag kang hirit ng hirit, kung wala kang alam 

        Just to let you know that I have a  vast knowledge of the Military equipment
        Assault rifle made in Cebu, Philippines. the Name of the  of the Company is FERFRANS.The assault rifle is now being exported to countries in Europe. and some south american countries.
        Longest killed by a sniper made at  distance of  2.47 Kilometers. Its was made by a British Corporal in Afganistan the corporal killed two Taliban, in the Helmand Province in 2009 and he also destroyed  the Machine Gun that they where using.

      • pangitbudhiko

        marami akong alam tungkol sa military, just to give youa birdsEye view of what I know.PARA pagbumabanka ka ikaw ang bida

        the longest distance kill of a sniper.was done by a British Corporal Craig Harrison in  2009 in Helmand, Province.Afganistan  The distance is 2.47 kilometers, the corporal killed two Taliban and destroyed their weapons.
        Weapons used was L115A3 Long rifle.bullet .338 magnum.


        Do you also know that in Ceby Philippines we have a Filipino Gun manufacturer that makes an ASSAULT RIIFLE THAT IT IS BEING USE IN ALMOST ALL EUROPEAN NATION AND SOME sOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES. AND THE NAME OFTHE ASSULY RIFLE
         “FERFRANS 308

  • pangitbudhiko

    If the Philippines airforce can get her hand on an A 10,  we would be the talk of the town. the warthogs, the Titanium Bathtubs.

  • Juan Tawon

    General, it is okay to admit we used smart bombs. In fact, it is a welcome development.
    Ang ayaw lang nyan are the terrorists and the communists and the leftist groups. I’m telling you, if we do a survey, talo yang leftist groups na yan.

  • pangitbudhiko



    Smart bomb No. Smart Pilot yes, and DUMMMMMB GENERAL  BIG YES!!!!!!!!

  • Bom

    hahaha..ASA..U.S drones yan..e mga bobo naman AIR FORCE NATIN E..hahaha..OV-10?..LOL..wala naman kayong tinatamaan dati pag may Bombing mission kayo e…tapos biglaan precision bombing..what a joke..gusto nyo lang makuha ang 5milyon dollars na bounty kaya nyo sinabi na give credit to PAF..hahaha..GENERAL WAG MASYADONG HALATA..

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