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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #15 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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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #16 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)


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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #17 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.

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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2018, 10:24:49 AM »
DND reboots procurement for combat helicopters
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.

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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #19 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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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2018, 09:06:13 PM »
^^Is that like a clue to buy from other licensed manufacturers instead?

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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #21 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.

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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #22 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)

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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2018, 02:24:43 PM »
16 CUH ==== Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky) blackhawk
10-20 AH === TAI's T129 ATAK

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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #25 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.

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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #26 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
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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #27 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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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #28 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.


A Polish-made Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopter (Photo courtesy of Department of National Defense)


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Re: Another batch of Combat Utility Helicopters
« Reply #29 on: February 04, 2021, 09:05:33 PM »
PRRD approves acquisition of 15 Black Hawk helicopters
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.