04 November 2014
PAF OV-10 Bronco (photo : pdff)
The Department of National Defense (DND) has announced that it has rescheduled the November 5 submission and opening of bids for its P4.9-billion close-air support (CAS) aircraft project to December 15.
Six ground attack planes are expected to be acquired under this program.
The new aircraft will complement the Philippine Air Force’s existing Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco” fleet, of which six to eight units are still operational.
Bid opening and submission will be held at 10 a.m. at the DND Bids and Awards Committee Conference Room, Basement Right Wing, DND Building, Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
“Based on the present schedule of both the Special Bids and Awards Committee [SBAC]-1 and the Philippine Air Force Technical Working Group, the new schedule of bid submission and opening is the most convenient date to conduct the said procurement activity,” SBAC-1 Chairman DND Undersecretary Fernando Manalo said.
CAS refers to the capability to provide air support to infantry and naval units in contact with the enemy forces.
Funding for this weapon system will be sourced from the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.
Manalo earlier said 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 the CAS aircraft must be used by the countries offering and manufacturing them.