By November this year, the Philippine Air Force will take into service four brand new Sokol medium transport helicopters from Poland (photo : Jetphotos)
MANILA, Philippines - Four of the seven combat utility helicopters (CUH) worth P3.2 billion are due for delivery to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) on November this year, Armed Forces chief Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr. announced Thursday.
The acquisition project was started during the previous administration as part of the Armed Forces’ modernization program to boost the aerial capability in support of the internal security operations (ISO).
The first delivery is worth P2,875,864,625.18 and supplied by Swidnik based in Poland.
Also due for delivery completion is the acquisition of 18 SF260 trainer planes worth P621,671,409.60 supplied by the Italian Aermacchi company; the upgrade completion of the MD520 MG units worth P240,000,000 and the delivery of aerial camera worth P50,985,000.
For the Navy, due for upgrade completion is one unit of British-made Peacock under the Jacinto Class Patrol Vessel project worth P353,650,000.
South Korea is also expected to deliver the Chamsuri (PKM) class gunboat worth P279,971,196 and also the delivery of the Landing Craft Utility worth P178,930,000, the configuration of Radio 20W worth P231,000,163, truck 2 ¼ ton troop carrier, and truck 1 ¼ ton troop carrier.
For the Army, the service is expecting the delivery completion of a night fighting system worth P341,497,215.50 and CMO Audio/Visual System worth P37,889,316.
“What I can say is for 2011 we will be able to enhance our capability particularly in patrolling our territorial waters,” Oban said.
On top of these deliveries, the Navy is also expecting the arrival of one unit of US Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutter by August. The vessel is worth around P1.2 to P1.5 billion.
Hamilton vessels have been phased out from the inventory of the US Coast guard.