Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas
Fuerzas Armadas de las Filipinas

Armed Forces of the Philippines
Timeline: Great Nuclear War
Headquarters: Philippine Military Academy, Baguio City (de facto)
Commander: President of the Philippines
Branches: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit
Active personnel: 200,000 (1990)
Reserve personnel: 150,000 (1990)
Founded in: December 21, 1935
Domestic suppliers: Elisco, Armscor, Government Arsenal, Floro Corporation, Delta Motors Corporation
Supplying countries: United States of the Pacific
Emblem of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Tagalog version

Emblem of AFP.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) (Filipino: Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas; Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas de las Filipinas) is the official military of the Philippines. It is composed of four branches: Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy, and Philippine Marine Corps. The President of the Republic of the Philippines is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces; this also includes the civilian law enforcement such as the Philippine Constabulary, the Integrated Police and the Philippine Coast Guard. Service in the military is voluntary although ROTC and CAT is mandatory in universities and high schools throughout the islands. Manpower as of 1990 is estimated to be 200,000 personnel of which 150,000 are in reserve.

The United States of America was the main supplier of military hardware to the Philippines following the end of the Spanish-American War to the proclamation of the Republic. With contact from the U.S. lost after the Great Nuclear War in 1962, the Philippines nationalized all U.S. military assets still in the country and placing all American troops under Filipino command for the time being. American-made equipment was reverse engineered as the Filipinos began making their own weapons with the loss of their primary supplier; as well as making their own weapons. In 1975, upon re-establishing contact with the United States of the Pacific - the successor to the United States federal government, the majority of U.S. soldiers who served under Philippine command left the country and returned to USP administrative territories while a few stayed. Other hardware that was nationalized was formally turned over by the USP to the Philippines. The USP today continues to be the primary supplier of weapons to the country. The AFP may sell military hardware to the Republic of Zhusanjiao (Pearl River Delta) in the future.

Philippine Army (PA)

Philippine Army
Philippine Army.svg
Founded December 21, 1935 (as Philippine Commonwealth Army)
Country Flag of the Philippines (navy blue) Philippines
Allegiance Constitution of the Philippines (1935)

The Philippine Army (Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas) is the primary ground forces of the Armed Forces. It is the oldest and largest branch of the military, tracing its roots to the Philippine Revolution and officially reorganized in 1935 under the Commonwealth government. The army's equipment is a blend of American military hardware, locally produced Filipino equipment and captured Japanese weapons during World War II.

Small Arms

Picture Model Origin In Service Remarks
Handguns and Pistols
300px-M1911 A1 pistol M1911 pistol USA 300,000+ Locally produced, left over from World War II and US military units.
Browning HP West German Police Browning HP Belgium 150,000+ Mixed with M1911.
800px-Nambupistol2465 Nambu Type 14 Japan Unknown Captured from the Japanese during World War II. Placed in reserve and used for training.
Submachine Guns
300px-M3-SMG M3 Grease Gun USA 200,000+ Standard issue SMG. Locally produced, leftovers from World War II and US military units.
M1Thompson M1928 Thompson submachine gun USA 600+ Issued alongside M3 Grease Gun. M1, M1A1, M1921, and M1928 versions used. Majority are left overs from World War II.
Uzi 1 Uzi Israel unknown Issued to Special Forces. Locally produced since the 1980s.
Mk9sub Floro MK-9 Philippines 1000+ Issued to Special Forces.
Submachine gun Type 100 Type 100 Japan unknown Captured from the Japanese during World War II. Placed in reserve.
Rifles, Assault Rifles and Carbines
M16A1w30rdMag M16A1wA2Handguards M16 rifle series USA/Philippines 300,000+ Introduced by the USA in limited numbers or prototypes from 1960-62. M16, M16A1, and A1 with hand guards are widely distributed to infantry battalions. Now being produced locally by Elisco or purchased from the USP.
800px-M14 rifle - USA - 7,62x51mm - Armémuseum M14 rifle USA 250,000+ Standard issue rifle during the 1950s. Deployed alongside M16 rifles. Produced locally and modified into snipers.
ColtM177E2 CAR-15 USA 25,000 Deployed alongside M16 and M14. Purchased from the USP.
M1918 BAR Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) USA unknown Left over from World War II. Issued to Special Forces.
799px-M1 Garand rifle - USA - 30-06 - Armémuseum M1 Garand USA unknown Left over from World War II and the Korean War. Issued to ceremonial guards, MPs and reserve forces. Used in ROTC and CAT classes.
1024px-M1903 Springfield - USA - 30-06 - Armémuseum M1903 Springfield USA unknown Left over from World War II. Issued to reserve forces and used in ROTC.
M1 Carbine M1 Carbine USA unknown Left over from World War II. Issued to reserve forces, special forces, and the Philippine Scouts.
Type 38 Rifle Arisaka Rifles Japan unknown Both Type 38 and Type 99 captured from the Japanese during World War II. Used as training rifle for Marksman and Snipers.
Machine Gun
M60GPMG.jpeg M60 machine gun. USA 20,000+ Introduced in limited amounts from 1960-62. Added units came from nationalized American military hardware or prototypes. Produced locally in limited amounts. Either infantry carried, placed in vehicles or machine gun posts.
Browning M1919a M1919 Browning USA 1000+ Received prior to World War II. Mounted in APCs, tanks and machine gun posts. Often times carried by infantry.
Machine gun M2 1 M2 Browning HMG USA 1000+ Received prior to World War II. Mounted in APCs, tanks and machine gun posts.
Type99LMG Type 99 LMG Japan Est. 300 Captured from the Japanese during World War II. Placed in reserve.
550px-Japanese Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun Type 92 LMG Japan Est. 300-320 Captured from the Japanese during World War II. Placed in reserve. Often mounted in military checkpoints and used for MG training.
1024px-Japanese Type 11 LMG from 1933 book Type 11 LMG Japan 200-300 Captured from the Japanese during World War II. Used in reserves and MG training.
Grenades and Grenade Launchers.
M79 USA 300+
M203 M203 USA 150,000+ Introduced in limited amounts prior the Great Nuclear War. Purchased from the USP or produced locally by Elisco.
China Lake USA <10 Obtained from nationalized US equipment. Used for practice.
396px-MK2 grenade DoD Mk.2 Fragmentation grenade
M26 M26
Baseball M67
Type 97 Captured from Japanese forces in WW2. Used in grenade training.
Type 99 Captured from Japanese forces in WW2. Used in grenade training.
Anti-Tank weapons
800px-Soldier with Bazooka M1 Bazooka USA unknown From WW2.
800px-M18 57mm Recoilless Rifle pic1 M18 Recoilless Rifle USA 500+ Issued during the Korean War. Locally produced. Standard issue AT.
M67 recoilless rifle 01 M67 Recoilless Rifle USA unknown Locally produced.
800px-M20 75 mm recoilless rifle korean war M20 Recoilless Rifle USA unknown Locally produced.
M40 Recoilless Rifle M40 USA unknown Mounted on Willy's Jeeps and other utility vehicles.
Armbrust rocket launcher photo Iraq OIG Armbust Germany unknown
M72 LAW M72 LAW USA unknown Obtained from nationalized US equipment. Standard issue AT.


Picture Model Origin In Service Remarks
No picture available M75 Philippines unknown, estimates range around <600 Locally produced
M19 USA unknown
M29 USA 400+
M30 USA <70 Nationalized
Field Howitzer and Launchers
M101 Howitzer M101 USA 120+ Purchased from USA, others nationalized
M102 howitzer M102 USA 50+ Nationalized
800px-M3 105mm Howitzer M3 USA <100 Ceremonial purposes
800px-USArmy M114 howitzer M114 USA 10-20
Bukang liwayway rocket launcher2 Bongbong MLRS Philippines 50 Produced locally under Ferdinand Marcos Administration.
No picture Available Countless Japanese Howitzers Japan unknown Captured from WW2. Training purposes and reserves. Some are scrapped for metal or used to produce local weapons.


The Philippine Army operates utility vehicles, armored vehicles, watercraft and limited amount of aircraft. However, only land vehicles will be listed here. The Army operates at least 30 of UH-1 Hueys and two Chinook Helicopters.

Picture Model Origin In Service Remarks
Utility Vehicles
CMC Cruiser CMC Cruiser Philippines
Delta Mini Cruiser (Philippine Army) Delta Mini Cruiser Philippines
Willys Jeep 1943 Willy's Jeep USA/Philippines Left over from World War II and locally produced units.
800px-M35 M35 Trucks USA Acquired from USA.
Armored Personnel Carriers/AIFVs
M113 APC M113 USA/Philippines Introduced in limited amounts from 1960-62. Now locally produced.
Aifvprowl AIFV USA/Philippines Modified M113
M3 Half Track USA Left over from World War II. Armed with quad-mounted M2 Browning .50 caliber machine guns.
M8 armored car with Constabulary markings M8 Greyhound USA
M-41 Tank M41 Walker Bulldog USA Nationalized from US forces.
M24 Chaffee 33314 4CV pic07 M24 Chaffee USA Used during Korean War.
UnclePaquitoM4Sherman M4 Sherman USA Left over from World War II.
M3 Stuart M3 Stuart USA Left over from World War II. Mainly used for recon.
Type 89 I-Go Type 89 I-Go Japan Captured from WWII. Placed in reserve.
Japanese Type 95 Type 95 Ha-Go Japan Captured from World War II. Placed in reserve.
Type 97 Chi-Ha in the Great Patriotic War Museum 5-jun-2014 Type 97 Chi-Ha Japan Captured from World War II. Placed in reserve.

Philippine Air Force (PAF)

Philippine Air Force
PAF Seal
Founded July 1, 1947
Country Flag of the Philippines (navy blue) Philippines
Allegiance Constitution of the Philippines (1935)
The Philippine Air Force (Hukbong Himpapawid ng Pilipinas) is the main aerial warfare branch of the AFP. Just like the United States Army Air Force during the 1940s, the PAF was initially part of the Philippine Army, known as the Philippine Army Air Corps. On July 1, 1947, it became a separate branch of the armed forces under executive order No. 94. The PAF operates fighter planes, both jet or propeller driven, cargo planes and helicopters. Airmen are usually issued an M3 Grease Gun, an M1911 pistol, or a Browning HP pistol when they are downed as a last-resort defense. Guards at air bases are issued an M16, M14, a CAR-15 or an M1 Carbine.

To protect against an enemy air attack, the Philippine Air Forces has several mounted anti-aircraft guns and anti-aircraft missiles on their bases. The standard anti-aircraft gun is the quad-mounted, M2 Browning HMG or the WW2-era Japanese, triple-mounted Type 96 25 mm AT/AA gun. The Bongbong I surface-to-air missile systems are also placed alongside these AA guns.

Aircraft Inventory

Picture Model Origin In Service Remarks
Fighter planes/Fighter-bomber planes
F86 form zps0a3a499d F-86 Sabre USA 150 Delivered between 1957-1961. Additional units were taken from nationalized USAF planes. Both F-86F and F-86D used.
F-5 Freedom Fighter USA 75 Nationalized from USAF planes and produced locally with assistance from Air Force personnel.
F-4 Phantom USA 60 Nationalized from USAF planes.
P-51 Mustang USA 103 Delivered between 1947-1955
P-40 Warhawk P-40 Warhawk USA 50 Left over from World War II
T-28 Trojan T-28 Trojan USA 80 Training planes armed with MGs and smart bombs. Commonly known as Tora-Tora.
Zero Akagi Dec1941 Mitsubishi A6M Zero Japan 15 Captured from World War II.
Nakajima B5N Japan Five Captured from World War II.
Fuji T-34 Mentor Japan 21
B-17 Flying Fortress USA 20 Left over from World War II.
Surveillance planes
Rockwell Turbo Commander USA Three
Cessna 210 Centurion USA Six
T-33 Shooting Star USA 17 Serves as armed trainer and recon aircraft.
Transport/Utlity planes
C-130 Hercules USA 11 Eight were nationalized from the USAF and three were locally built from obtained blueprints.
C-47 Skytrain USA 22 From World War II while another batch of two was delivered 1951.
Cessna 185 Skywagon USA One Delivered in early 1962.
Cessna 0-1/L-19 Bird Dog USA Four
Cessna 310 USA Three
Grumman HU-16 Albatross USA Four
UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" USA 85 Nationalized from USAF. Later reversed-engineered and produced locally. Some leased to Army and Marines.
Bell 47 USA Four One nationalized and later produced locally.
Sikorsky S-62 USA One
Sikorsky H-34 USA Three
Sikorsky H-19 USA Seven
Bell H-13 Sioux USA Three

Air Bases

There are various airfields located throughout the islands. Most of the airbases are those constructed by the Americans prior to World War II. The Philippine Air Force now fully controls them as part of the Nationalization Act in 1962 following the Great Nuclear War. Some airstrips built by the Japanese during the occupation are now being restored. As part of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty, the United States of the Pacific maintains a contingent of its air forces within Clark Air Base, Mactan Air Base, Sangley Point, Wallace Air Station, and Edwin Andrews Air Base.


  • Basa Air Base (Floridablanca, Pampanga)
  • Camp John Hay (Baguio City, Benguet)
  • Clark Air Base (Angeles City, Pampanga)
  • Cubi Point Joint NAS (Subic, Bataan)
  • Fernando Air Base (Lipa, Batangas)
  • Gozar Air Station (Lubang, Occidental Mindoro)
  • Mt. Salakot Air Station (Puerto Princesa, Palawan)
  • Paredes Air Station (Pasuquin, Ilocos Sur)
  • Puerto Princesa Air Base (Puerto Princesa, Palawan)
  • Sangley Point Joint Air-Naval Base (Cavite City, Cavite)
  • Wallace Air-Naval Station (San Fernando, La Union)


  • Guiunan Airfield (Guiunan, Samar)
  • Tacloban Airfield (Tacloban City, Leyte)
  • Mactan Air Base (Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu)


  • Edwin Andrews Air Base (Zamboanga City, Zamboanga)
  • Lumbia Air Base (Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental)
  • Rajah Buayan Air Base (General Santos City, South Cotabato)

Philippine Navy (PN)

Philippine Navy
PN Seal
Founded May 20, 1898
Country Flag of the Philippines (navy blue) Philippines
Allegiance Constitution of the Philippines (1935)

The Philippine Navy is the primary naval force of the country. The navy has patrol boats, riverine patrol boats, corvettes, and a variety of aircraft. It has received some U.S. Navy ships and aircraft (such as the P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft) that were nationalized after World War III. The USP continues to supply naval hardware to the Philippine Navy, even selling surplus ships and aircraft from the Second World War. It is currently building its first frigate for service, being built in the Balamban Ship Yard in Cebu and the Cavite Naval Shipyards in Cavite Province. The Philippine Navy expects to increase its fleet to a green-water navy status by the year 2000-2010.


Picture Model Name Shipbuilder In Service
BRP Cebu
BRP Rizal
BRP Quezon

Naval Aviation

Picture Model Origin In Service Remarks
P-3 Poseidon USA Primary maritime surveillance aircraft. Nationalized after World War III and formally turned over by the USP, ten more on order from USP.
Britten Norman Islander United Kingdom Secondary maritime surveillance aircraft.
PBY Catalina USA Received surplus from World War II. Located at the restored Jinamoc Seaplane Base in Jinamoc Island, Leyte.
UH-1 Huey USA
Seaking Helicopter USP

Anti-ship and Anti-Aircraft Weapons

Picture Model Origin In Service Remarks
Machine gun M2 1 M2 Browning USA Armed on the sides of ships or at the back. Often times quad-mounted.
Bofors 40mm Bofors 40 mm gun Sweden Anti-aircraft/anti-tank autocannon. Armed on the front of ships.
Oerlikon 20 mm gun Switzerland Same function Bofors gun
300px-Japanese 25mm dual mount anti-aircraft gun - Guam Type 96 25 mm AA/AT gun Japan Captured during World War II. Placed in some corvettes.
5"/38 caliber gun USA Received from the US after World War II and nationalized after World War III.
3"/50 caliber gun USA Same as above
Bongbong I Anti-Ship Launcher Philippines Locally produced anti-ship battery.

Philippine Marine Corps (PMC)

Philippine Marine Corps
Founded November 2, 1950
Country Flag of the Philippines (navy blue) Philippines
Allegiance Constitution of the Philippines (1935)

The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC; Filipino: Hukbong Kawal Pandagat ng Pilipinas, Spanish: 'Infantería Marina de las Filipinas'), is the marine corps of the Philippines, a naval infantry force under the command of the Philippine Navy. It conducts amphibious and expeditionary warfare, as well as special operation missions.

The Marines were first organized under President Elpidio Quirino in November 1950. The very first units of the Marine Corps were trained by the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps. After the Great Nuclear War of 1962, several Marine battalions were formed in order to counter the Communist and Islamic secessionist rebels within the country. Under President Marcos, the PMC was covertly trained to carry out an amphibious invasion of Sabah, which utilized in 1971. The operation, code named "Operation Merdeka" was the second foreign conflict of the Philippine military (the first one being the Korean War) and the first invasion conducted by the Philippines.

As per the 1951 U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty, the U.S. Marine Corps from the United States of the Pacific would train in military exercise with their Filipino counterparts.

Small Arms

The Philippine Marine Corps nearly has an identical inventory to the Philippine Army. The M16 rifle series and M14 battle rifle is the main standard issue rifle for the Marines.


Similar with the Philippine Army.


Anti-Aircraft guns consist of the Bofors 40mm autocannon, the Oerlikon 20mm autocannon, twin mounted M2 Browning .50 caliber machine guns, and the Japanese Type 96 25mm AA/AT gun.


Vehicles are almost the same as the Philippine Army, except majority have some limited amphibious capacity.

Citizen Armed Force Geographic Unit

CAFGU Mindanao paramilitary 003-1

Personnel of the CAFGU.

The Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit, variously called Citizens Armed Forces Geographical UnitCivilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit and commonly referred to by its acronym CAFGU (pronounced "kahf-goo") is an irregular auxiliary force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This branch was established in 1968 in order to quell communist and Islamic insurgencies in other parts of the islands.

CAFGU soldiers are seen armed with the M16 rifle, the M14 rifle, M1911 pistol, and various surplus World War II weapons such as the M1 Thompson, M1 Carbine, M1 Garand, and the M3 Grease Gun. Their main use of transport is the Willy's MB Jeep, Delta Mini Cruiser, CMC Cruiser, and the M35 Truck. The CAFGU have been observed to use the M3 Half Track, the M8 Greyhound, Type 89, Type 95, and Type 97 light tanks as their armored and fire support, but is used sparingly as they usually fight in a jungle environment.

Service History of AFP

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