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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2018, 04:53:18 AM »
PH to scrap P12-B helicopter deal with Bell, CCC: Lorenzana
By Priam Nepomuceno  February 12, 2018, 2:35 pm

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) is now preparing the letter for the cancellation of the purchase of 16 Bell EPI combat utility helicopters (CUHs) worth PHP12 billion from Canada.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday he will sign the letter anytime this week.

"The formal letter cancelling the contract is being prepared and I will sign it this week. We are looking at Korea, Russia, China and Turkey and other countries for our the medium lift helicopters in lieu of the Bell 412," Lorenzana emphasized.

But he admitted that the cancellation will affect the DND project to acquire medium-lift helicopters as this has set the process "back to square one".

The cancellation came in wake of the Canadian government's move to review the deal after receiving reports that the Philippines is planning to use the helicopters against rebel forces, a claim strongly denied by the DND and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

This prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to order the DND and AFP to cancel the deal with Bell Helicopter and Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) which is licensed to manufacture the Bell 412 EPI being ordered by country.

Earlier, the DND chief said that they are more than enough suppliers to meet the Philippine requirement for CUHs should the country's contract with Bell Helicopter and CCC fall through or be terminated.

"Are there other suppliers if the Canada deal will not push through? Yes, there are," Lorenzana stressed.

Earlier, AFP deputy chief of staff for plans Major Gen. Restituto Padilla said from the onset both Bell Helicopter and CCC are aware that the soon-to-be acquired 16 Bell 412 EPI choppers will be utilized as "combat utility helicopter".

"The AFP deal for the acquisition of the Canadian Bell 412 as a combat utility helicopter is a very transparent one. From the very onset, the contract has specified that we are acquiring a CUH," he added.

"Itís intended use as combat utility helicopter is for the transport of troops especially combat casualties and for troop sustainment. It is not an offensive platform and not armed as such. We have dedicated attack helicopters as offensive platforms for such operations," the military official pointed out.

Lorenzana, however, questioned the timing of raising the issue regarding the deal.

"Wrong (information) or not I think there is malice in the way it is being raised. First, This is just a repeat order. Why do they raise that issue now? Second, It is not an attack helicopter but a medium lift. Meaning pang hakot ng tao, supplies. Third, hindi naman ito hinihingi kundi bibilhin. We do not have to justify how we use these equipment," he noted.

And since the Philippines lies in the path of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a disaster prone area, Padilla said the nation's disaster response plan had tasked the AFP to take the lead in undertaking humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) during such times of contingencies.

On Dec. 29, 2017, Lorenzana and representatives of Bell Helicopter and CCC signed the deal for the purchase of the helicopters worth PHP12 billion. Representing Bell Helicopter in the contract signing was James Williamson and Yvonne Chin, CCC Director for Asia.

Delivery of the first Bell 412 EPI helicopters units are supposed to start by the first quarter of 2019 while the last batch will be handed over by the second quarter of 2020.

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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2018, 06:12:33 AM »
Notice issued this evening.


DND voids P12-B chopper deal with Canada
By Priam Nepomuceno  February 13, 2018, 5:16 pm Share

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) on Tuesday issued a notice to Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) terminating the contract for the supply and delivery of 16 units of Bell 412 Combat Utility Helicopters for the Philippine Air Force.

In a statement, DND public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong said this was in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte's directive and pursuant to the Government Procurement Law (RA 9184) which authorized contract termination for the convenience of the government.

The move comes after the Canadian government ordered the review of the PHP12-billion deal between the DND and CCC after receiving reports that the Philippines is planning to use the helicopters against rebel forces.

"While the combat utility helicopters being purchased are primarily for the purpose of transporting personnel and supplies, the Department believes that it does not owe the Canadian government any justification for an outright purchase of equipment from a privately-owned company," Andolong said.

He also stressed that the DND would continue to pursue the modernization program, and would look into procuring the combat utility helicopters from other countries in lieu of the Bell 412. (PNA)


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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2018, 11:01:31 AM »
Personnaly,  I would have approached the supplier and asked them if they can deliver on time. If they say yes, I would have them put it in writing and added a penalty for every day of delay (contract mod). Why should the GRP deal with the Canadian government when this is basically a commercial contract? If the Canadian gov wants to interfere, let the supplier deal with them. If the supplier cancels, then the GRP should initiate cost recovery proceedings. The GRP should walk away with the upper hand no matter what direction this contract takesÖ.jm2c.