PH eyes to purchase 2 light planes for territorial defense support

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense is looking to acquire two brand new light lift fixed wing aircraft worth about P800,000. DND Undersecretary for Bids and Awards Committeec said the aircraft must be able to “provide organic general support for territorial defense, internal peace and security plan, internal security operations, disaster response and national development.” The funds, which  will be sourced from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act Read more [...]

US firm offers 21 Hueys to PH

MANILA – A California-based firm is offering the Philippine government 21 UH-1 or Huey helicopters for P1.2646 billion for use in the May elections. The Air Force made the request for additional Hueys in 2011. The offer was accepted because the amount is lower than the allotted P1.2649 billion. Rice Aircraft Services Inc. was the sole bidder for the helicopters. It was declared an eligible bidder after submitting all the necessary documentary requirements to the Bids and Awards Committee. Defense Read more [...]

PH to buy 12 S. Korean fighter jets

MANILA – The Philippines will buy 12 South Korean FA-50 fighter jets to strengthen its poorly-armed military, government spokesmen said Wednesday, amid increasing maritime tensions with China. The FA-50s will be the first fighter jets to be operated by the Philippine air force since it retired the last of its US-designed F-5 fighters in 2005, said President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Edwin Lacierda. “We don’t have any existing jets right now that are in use, therefore it is necessary for us Read more [...]

PH eyes South Korean jets as PAF’s next generation fighter planes

MANILA – As the Philippines is now making headway in its efforts to modernize its Armed Forces, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin said that fighter jets manufactured by South Korea is one of the interceptor aircraft being evaluated as the possible replacement for the Northrop F-5 “Tiger.” The “Tiger” was retired in September 2005 due to airframe aging and lack of spare parts. “We’re looking at several countries (to supply our fighter aircraft needs) and number Read more [...]

PAF gets 2 new helicopters

MANILA, Philippines – Two brand-new combat utility helicopters acquired from a Polish firm have arrived in the country, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) said Friday. PAF spokesman Col. Miguel Okol said the Sokol helicopters arrived last Monday via an Antonov cargo plane in Clark Airbase, Pampanga. The helicopters were airlifted from a factory in Poland and were delivered to the 410th Maintenance Wing for assembly and final maintenance checks. The two helicopters constitute the second batch Read more [...]

Second batch of Sokol choppers delivered to PAF

MANILA, Philippines – The second batch of Sokol combat utility helicopters, aimed at boosting the military’s operations were delivered to the Philippine Air Force. The two additional Sokol choppers were in addition to the first four choppers delivered in February, a statement from the supplier PZL Swidnik in Poland said early this week. The contract, as part of the modernization program, involves the delivery of eight choppers and ground support equipment, spare parts, support services Read more [...]

21 Huey choppers to boost PAF’s operations

MANILA, Philippines—The 21 refurbished Huey helicopters seen to be added to the Philippine Air Force’s list of assets, will not only boost the aviation wing’s capability and military operations but will also be of use to the upcoming 2013 elections, the Department of National Defense said Monday. Undersecretary for Finance, Munitions Installations and Materiel Fernando Manalo said the Air Force requested additional helicopters as they are anticipating an increase in air mobility requirements Read more [...]