06 November 2014
AW-159 Wildcat (image : AgustaWestland)
AgustaWestland is the lone firm eligible for Department of National Defense anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter acquisition project. During the first stage of bidding held October 28 only two firms participated, they were Augusta Westland and PT Dirgantara Indonesia.
PT Dirgantara Indonesia failed to present a document proving it has participated in a similar project. The Indonesian firm is given until Friday to file a Motion for Reconsideration.
Israel Aerospace Industries and the partnership of Bell Helicopter Asia (PTE) Ltd. and Serpenair Group Inc. who joined the pre-bidding conference last October 7 did not join the first stage bidding.
Department of National Defense Bids and Awards Committee will now proceed to second stage which is the checking of financial aspect of the bid in contrast to technical specification set by the committee.
AgustaWestland, a British-Italian helicopter design and manufacturing company, is offering their AW-159 “Wildcat”. AgustaWestland is the manufacturer of Philippine Navy and Air Force’s armed AW-109 to be delivered before the year ends.