Santa Barbara Project – The Classified Missile Project of the Philippines
During the time of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, there was a classified project called Santa Barbara. Its aim primarily is to develop different types of missile such as Ground to air missile (GTAM) or (SAM), Air to air and air to ground missile, (AAM) (AMRAAM) for a purpose of guarding and defending the country (Philippines) It will serve as an interceptor against incoming land, air and sea threats and if successful, the 2nd plan is to mass produce it, to be exported to other country.
A new missile, called Bongbong-1, was 1st built. It was said to have a range of 12KM. It was built and designed by the greatest Filipino minds in the fields of Science and Aerospace Engineering with the help from German engineers and scientist. These rockets were tested between 1972 and 1980’s. (During that time, China was still testing the DF-3 and DF-4 and DF-5)
Since December 1972, a series of 37 dynamic tests had been conducted on the 180 MM rocket. The project, initiated by President Marcos, also involved testing of other weapons and armaments.
On September 1975, four “Bongbong” rockets (named after Marcos’ son) were successfully launched. Asked about why the country was experimenting in making its own ballistic missiles, President Marcos explained:
“The defense of the Philippines cannot be left to alliance with other countries. We must assume that there will be contigencies where even the United States may not be ready to come to our assistance.”
Unfortunately, after Marcos it was a dead stick. It’s a dead Santa Barbara project that is done just in the dustbins of history.
Some critics are clamoring, asking to ban and stop the project. They said it was intended only for the development of nuclear weapons so the bid was cancelled by former Pres. Corazon Aquino (The Mother of former President Noynoy Aquino), Political and lawful (the Current Constitution forbids the use and keeping of Nuclear weapons in the Philippines).
A leak from our military insider that a team from the Armed Forces of the Philippines weapons and tactics (AFP), Department of Science and Technology weapons engineering specialist (DOST), and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel (Developer of Iron Dome) are working jointly to reopen and reactivate the late Santa Barbara Project.
According to our military source the ongoing territorial threat between China and the Philippines are the main reason why the government forced to reactivate the project. Likewise also to protect and help the Philippines for its minimum and credible defense posture in guarding its territory or (EEZ)
The project is now in its final stage of planning and discussion.