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Title: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on December 29, 2017, 05:35:08 PM
From: http://www.dbm.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/SARO/2017/SARO%20RELEASES%20AS%20OF%20DECEMBER%2022,%202017.pdf

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Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on December 31, 2017, 03:50:40 AM
The SARO did not identify the specific model selected. But in the recent past, the PAF acquired the W-3 Sokol and Bell 412 for its CUH requirements.

From: http://www.dbm.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/SARO/2017/SARO%20RELEASES%20AS%20OF%20DECEMBER%2022,%202017.pdf

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Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: firstknight on January 02, 2018, 12:11:19 PM
considering that W-3 Sokol is an unloved child, will it be safe to conclude that we are going for Bell 412?  ::)
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on January 02, 2018, 02:14:40 PM
It’s never over till the fat lady sings. Remember all the “sure things” that went nowhere? :)

Let’s see how this REALLY turns out.
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: firstknight on January 02, 2018, 03:28:33 PM
indeed, nothing is sure until the rubber hits the runway
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: El_Filibusterismo1978 on January 03, 2018, 08:15:18 AM
Atty Elefante and three Air Force officers were in Canada a month ago to inspect the facility of Bell..

my bet is Bell 412 same model as previously delivered..
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on January 03, 2018, 11:09:40 AM
Atty Elefante and three Air Force officers were in Canada a month ago to inspect the facility of Bell..

my bet is Bell 412 same model as previously delivered..

That would be a reasonable assumption.  :)

Just the same, just putting this here

While collecting data for the KUH-1 Surion thread (see here (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=1980.0)), I put together publicly available information about existing PAF helicopters that it would be competing against.

Both the W-3 Sokol and Bell 412 had readily available spec sheets. So these were assembled first. The resulting data is . . . interesting food for thought. See below.

References

Bell 412: http://www.bellhelicopter.com/commercial/bell-412ep

W-3: http://www.pzl.swidnik.pl/en/w-3a/0,-l,15,202

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Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: El_Filibusterismo1978 on January 03, 2018, 02:18:47 PM
What happened to the Attach Helis project being promised by Pres. Du30? any specs on that one?
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on January 03, 2018, 02:22:45 PM
What happened to the Attach Helis project being promised by Pres. Du30? any specs on that one?

Discuss that here:

http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=2712.0

Responsible disclosures will be posted whe available.
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: LionFlyer on February 06, 2018, 09:52:00 PM
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Philippines signs for 16 412EPI helos

Gareth Jennings, London - Jane's Defence Weekly
06 February 2018
   
The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has signed for 16 new Bell 412EPI medium-lift helicopters to be operated by the country’s air force.

Under the contract, which was announced by the manufacturer on 6 February, the helicopters will be delivered fully configured for the roles of disaster relief, search and rescue, passenger transport, and utility transport.

As noted by Bell, the helicopters were purchased by the DND through a government-to-government contract with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC). Neither a contract value nor a delivery schedule was disclosed.

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) already fields earlier-model Bell 412EP platforms that it ordered in March 2014, as well as 412HP platforms from 1994. The 412EPI improves on both of these earlier models in that it features the Bell BasiX Pro fully integrated 'glass' flight deck. The avionics suite also includes high-resolution digital maps, electronic charts and approach plates, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast transponder, optional Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning System, and XM satellite links.

As well as the BasiX Pro flight deck, the 412EPI also features the Pratt & Whitney PT6T-9 Twin Pac engines, which are 15% more powerful. When combined with the BLR Aerospace Dual Tailboom Strakes and FastFin System, this extra power increases the helicopter’s ‘hot and high’ lifting capacity by as much as 1,410 lb (640 kg), according to Bell.


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Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on February 07, 2018, 02:04:23 AM
Philippines signs $233-M helicopter deal with Canada
Reuters
Posted at Feb 06 2018 08:37 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/06/18/philippines-signs-233-m-helicopter-deal-with-canada

MANILA - The Philippines signed a deal with Canada on Tuesday to buy 16 combat utility helicopters worth $233.36 million, as the military prepared to step up operations against Islamist and communist rebels.

The Bell 412EPI helicopters will be delivered early next year as President Rodrigo Duterte re-focuses the armed forces modernization program to tackle growing domestic threats as Maoist fighters and pro-Islamic State extremists try to regroup.

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The helicopters would replace the second-hand Vietnam War-era UH-1H Huey rotary aircraft, the workhorse of the Philippine Air Force. The Philippines acquired those from the United States.

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Title: Feds order review of controversial helicopter deal with the Philippines
Post by: adroth on February 08, 2018, 09:33:25 AM
Feds order review of controversial helicopter deal with the Philippines
By The Canadian Press

https://globalnews.ca/news/4011934/feds-order-review-of-controversial-helicopter-deal-with-the-philippines/

OTTAWA – International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is ordering a review of the planned sale of 16 helicopters to the Philippine military amid concerns about the country’s human rights record.

Government officials initially defended the deal, which is being facilitated by the Canadian Commercial Corp., saying the helicopters would be used for search-and-rescue missions and disaster relief.

But Champagne says he ordered a review following comments from a senior member of the Philippine military that the Montreal-made aircraft would be used for internal security operations.

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Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: El_Filibusterismo1978 on February 08, 2018, 02:28:15 PM
sometimes, i agree with Du30 on his independent foreign policy.

why do they need to dictate on how to use the helicopters when they are not the ones who paid for it.

freakin dicks***!

We bought it because we deem it fit to use on whatever scenarios that will threatened our national security..
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on February 10, 2018, 02:28:07 AM
Philippines' Duterte cancels Canada Bell helicopter deal
February 9, 2018 4 HOURS AGO

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-duterte-cancels-canada-bell-helicopter-deal

DAVAO, Philippines (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday (Feb 9) abruptly cancelled a US$235 million (S$312 million) contract to buy 16 helicopters from Canada after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government ordered a review over human rights concerns.

"I want to tell the armed forces to cut the deal. Do not proceed anymore, and somehow we will look for another supplier," he said of the deal for 16 Bell 412EPI utility helicopters announced by the two governments this week.

Ottawa said on Thursday that the deal was under review due to concerns over the human rights record of Duterte, the subject of a complaint in the International Criminal Court over the alleged "mass murder" of thousands of Filipino drug suspects.

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Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on February 11, 2018, 02:50:39 AM
Many suppliers can meet PH demand for new helis: DND chief
ByPTV News - TMPosted on February 10, 2018 SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL

http://ptvnews.ph/many-suppliers-can-meet-ph-demand-new-helis-dnd-chief/

MANILA — There are more than enough suppliers to provide the Philippine requirement for combat utility helicopters (CUHs) should the country’s contract with Bell Helicopter and Canadian Commercial Corp. (CCC) fall through.

“Are there other suppliers if the Canada deal will not push through? Yes, there are,” Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a message Friday night.

He, however, did not mention these possible suppliers.

Lorenzana made the statement in the wake of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s order to the military to cancel the PHP12-billion contract for the 16 Bell 412 EPIs following reports that Canada would review the purchase of the aircraft on the grounds that they might be used in operations against rebel groups.

As of Friday night, Lorenzana said he has yet to receive any order regarding the President’s directive.

“I have not heard about cancelling. As of now, I am optimistic that it would proceed and the choppers will be delivered on time,” the defense chief said.

Earlier, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deputy chief-of-staff for plans, Major Gen. Restituto Padilla, said that from the onset, both Bell Helicopter and CCC were aware that the soon-to-be acquired 16 Bell 412 EPI choppers will be utilized as “combat utility helicopters.”

“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 Combat Utility Helicopter (CUH),” Padilla added.

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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, while CCC was represented by its director for Asia, Yvonne Chin. Delivery of the first Bell 412 EPI helicopter units is expected to commence by the first quarter of 2019 while the last batch will be handed over by the second quarter of 2020.

Acquisition of these helicopters is part of the AFP Modernization Program Horizon 2 and will be used in HADR and related missions.

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Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on February 12, 2018, 07:53:18 PM
PH to scrap P12-B helicopter deal with Bell, CCC: Lorenzana
By Priam Nepomuceno  February 12, 2018, 2:35 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1024898

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.

"It’s 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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Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: LionFlyer on February 13, 2018, 09:12:33 PM
Notice issued this evening.

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http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php/articles/1025115

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)

Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: sbhntr on February 17, 2018, 02:01:31 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 takes….jm2c.
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: girder on March 24, 2018, 10:24:49 AM
DND reboots procurement for combat helicopters (http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1029787)
March 23, 2018
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MANILA -- Following the cancellation of the PHP12-billion Bell 212EPI helicopter contract with Canadian Commercial Corp. (CCC), the Department of National Defense (DND) has rebooted the procurement process for its combat utility helicopters (CUHs) requirement.

"The project has been cancelled and CCC received the notification regarding the cancellation. We will reboot the procurement of the CUHs and we are currently studying other possible sources of the units," DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said they are checking out helicopter suppliers from South Korea, Russia, China, Turkey and other nations for medium lift helicopters in lieu of the Bell 412.
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on April 28, 2018, 11:51:32 AM
Bell hopeful on renewed Philippine 412EPI interest
27 APRIL, 2018 SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM BY: DOMINIC PERRY LONDON

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/bell-hopeful-on-renewed-philippine-412epi-interest-448146/

Bell appears hopeful that it can revive, in some form, an order from the Philippines for 412EPI medium-twin transport helicopters that was cancelled almost as soon as it was announced.

Unveiled at the Singapore air show on 6 February, the 16-unit commitment for the nation's air force was axed just seven days later on the orders of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Bell assembles the 412EPI at its plant in Mirabel, Canada and had faced internal criticism over the sale thanks to alleged human rights violations by Manilla, triggering the cancellation.

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Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: baybum7 on April 28, 2018, 09:06:13 PM
^^Is that like a clue to buy from other licensed manufacturers instead?
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on April 29, 2018, 01:00:01 PM
Unless the Canadians have pulled their heads out of their rear-ends . . . looks like we are indeed getting them from other authorized sources.
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: dr demented on July 20, 2018, 02:24:12 AM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1041949

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PAF looks for possible sources of combat choppers

By Priam Nepomuceno July 19, 2018, 2:11 pm

MANILA --- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is now identifying possible sources of combat utility helicopters capable of meeting its specifications, an official said on Wednesday.

"We are going to talk to them to one by one so the Philippines, in this case, the Air Force will get what is best for our conditions," PAF chief Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar said in an interview.

Possible sources of the PAF's combat utility helicopters include South Korea, Italy and even Russia, Kintanar said.

"We sent a team there (Russia) just to look (at) the helicopters that they have offered, we have tried it," the PAF chief added.

Kintanar hoped that the contract for the combat utility helicopters will be finalized within the year.

Once procured, the aircraft will replace the country's cancelled 16 Bell 412 EPI order from Bell Helicopter and Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) last February.

The move came after the Canadian government ordered the review of the PHP12-billion deal between the Department of National Defense and CCC following reports that the Philippines is planning to use the helicopters against the insurgents.

"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," DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong earlier said. (PNA)
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: El_Filibusterismo1978 on July 20, 2018, 08:42:33 AM
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1012192/air-force-needs-suppliers-of-2-helicopter-types

16 CUH
10-20 AH
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: firstknight on December 11, 2018, 02:24:43 PM
16 CUH ==== Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky) blackhawk
10-20 AH === TAI's T129 ATAK
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: Ayoshi on December 12, 2018, 01:58:15 PM
https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2018-12-11/philippines-leans-towards-black-hawk-and-t129?fbclid=IwAR2suClDrVSR03wK8B6iOfstIgdqWUOnsnZqEOfp_rukYik3nuZBEPK3s3Q#

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Loranzana added that the TWG had also recommended the Black Hawk to replace the deal for 16 Canadian-built Bell 412s that was canceled in February. He said that the country has a budget of only $240 million for helicopters under its Horizon 2 project and was looking at buying 10 Korean Aerospace Industries Surion or Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters, but revealed that the manufacturer of the Black Hawk changed its offer to 16 airframes. He hopes to ink the deal for the CUH by next year.

The Russian Helicopters Mi-171 was also one of the contenders but due to the CAATSA export sanctions placed by the United States on Russia, Loranzana said it would be hard to get hold of and pay for them.
Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on November 11, 2020, 05:08:05 AM
https://www.facebook.com/PinoyAviators13/photos/a.629572590410317/3772619149438963/

DELIVERY OF FIRST BATCH S-70i BLACKHAWK HELICOPTERS LANDED AT RPLC

The delivery of the first batch of S-70i Blackhawk helicopters landed at Clark International Airport (RPLC) from Rzeszów–Jasionka Airport (EPRZ) at around 1000H (MNL) on 09 November 2020.

The first batch of S-70i Blackhawks were delivered by an Antonov An-124 heavy lift aircraft. These S-70i Blackhawk helicopters was manufactured at the PZL Mielec facilitates in Poland.

These sixteen (16) S-70i Blackhawks that were purchased by the Philippine government will fly under the blades of the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing of the Philippine Air Force.

Beehive pilots now singing “Your Smiling Face” by James Taylor 😊❤️

Photo credit to Alicja Kacprzak
Posted by Pinoy Aviators

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Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: adroth on November 11, 2020, 05:08:24 AM
5 Black Hawk choppers for PAF arrive from Poland
By Priam Nepomuceno  November 10, 2020, 9:53 am

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1121286

MANILA – Five of the 16 Polish-made Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters acquired for the Philippine Air Force have arrived in the Philippines, with another one expected to be delivered via sea next month.

"Yes, the five arrived in Clark (Air base in Angeles City, Pampanga) aboard an Antonov heavy transport plane (An-124). The sixth was loaded on a ship that will arrive on Dec. 2," Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a message to the Philippine News Agency late Monday.

The 16 helicopters, acquired from Polish company Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze Sp.z.o.o, were manufactured under license from Sikorsky USA and had a contract price of USD241,461,699 (around PHP11.6 billion).

The project was procured through a government-to-government transaction with Poland. The negotiations were completed in 2019.

The acquisition of the Polish-made S-70i Black Hawk combat helicopters is part of Horizon 2 of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (AFPMP).

The Antonov plane took off from Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport, Poland on Nov. 7 and arrived at Clark Air Base on Monday.

"We will wait for the PAF to designate the commissioning date and unit whey will be assigned," he added.

Meanwhile, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the remaining 10 units of the Polish-made S-70i Black Hawks will be delivered early next year.

Andolong added that the S-70i will greatly boost the AFP's capability to conduct various operations, including combat missions, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response, and help in the government's efforts against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

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Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: Ayoshi on December 09, 2020, 11:46:12 PM
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1124170

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PAF to accept 6 brand new combat choppers
December 9, 2020, 9:05 am

The six helicopters are part of 16 units acquired from Polish company Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze Sp.z.o.o and manufactured under license from Sikorsky USA for a contract price of USD241 million.

The helicopters were procured through a government-to-government transaction with Poland. The negotiations were completed in 2019.

The acquisition of the Polish-made S-70i Black Hawk combat helicopters is part of Horizon 2 of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.

(https://files01.pna.gov.ph/category-list/2020/12/09/0-02-08-c6b8c5c84b2a94c2087b1c2864916e1ea5ebf369baaaf1746bb1643d65a4625d80c9d712.jpg)
A Polish-made Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopter (Photo courtesy of Department of National Defense)

Title: Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
Post by: girder on February 04, 2021, 09:05:33 PM
PRRD approves acquisition of 15 Black Hawk helicopters (https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1129575)
By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos
February 4, 2021, 12:27 pm


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MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the acquisition of 15 Black Hawk helicopters to address the growing heli-lift deficiency of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Cabinet Secretary Karlos Nograles announced on Thursday.

Duterte gave his nod during the 51st Cabinet meeting held at Malacańan Palace on Wednesday, Nograles said in a virtual presser.

“The Department of National Defense says we actually require a total of 76 helicopters, and while the President initially agreed to acquire 55 new helicopters, that number has been reduced to 15 owing to the challenges we currently face,” Nograles said.

Nograles said Duterte has also ordered the decommissioning of all the PAF’s UH-1H “Huey” combat utility aircraft helicopters following the Jan. 16 crash in Bukidnon.

Duterte gave the latest directive, as he acknowledged that Huey helicopters are already “due for retirement,” Nograles said.