03 Juli 2014
CAS aircraft refers to capability to provide air support to infantry and naval units in contact with the enemy. (photo : Jung In Yong)
MANILA (PNA) -- Bid opening and submission for the Department of National Defense's P4,968,000,000 close-air support (CAS) project has been reset anew to July 23.
Bid submission was originally slated for June 11 but it was reset to July 2. It was ordered rescheduled to July 11 before being reset again to July 23.
No reasons were given for the third reset.
The DND is planning to acquire six CAS aircraft to replace or beef up the Philippine Air Force's existing Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco" turboprop attack planes.
CAS refers to capability to provide air support to infantry and naval units in contact with the enemy.
Funding for this weapon system will be sourced from the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.
Bid submission and opening will still be held at the DND Bidding and Awards Committee Conference Room, Basement Right Wing, DND Building, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
DND Undersecretary Fernando Manalo earlier said that the contract includes integrated logistic support system.
Winning bidders must be able to deliver the aircraft within 540 calendar days from contract effectivity.
Participants in the DND's CAS project must have completed a similar program within the last 10 years.
Manalo said that the CAS aircraft must be used by the countries offering and manufacturing them.