27 Februari 2015
PAF UH-1 Huey during testing (photo : Tim Maceren)
Philippine Air Force allotted PhP20.2 Million for the purchase of electrical, instrument and fuel system requirements of UH-1 “Huey” helicopter fleet. PAF currently has 20 to 30 commissioned Huey helicopters. While the twenty-one refurbished units acquired by Department of National Defense are now being assembled and tested at Clark Air Force Base in Pampanga.
It can be remembered that 14 out of twenty-one ordered refurbished Bell UH-1 Iroquois or Huey helicopters were delivered as of October last year (4 on July, 10 on October). US based Rice Aircraft Services and Canadian Eagle Copters was contracted by Philippine government to provide 21 units through negotiated procurement after several unsuccessful bidding. The contract price was PhP1.25 billion.
Huey helicopters act as Philippine Air Force’s combat utility helicopters. Roles these helicopters can assume include cargo transport, MEDEVAC, resupply mission and troop transport.