06 April 2015
PAF Bell UH-1H (photo : Rogler Westerhuls)
MANILA (PNA) -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is allocating Php 30.16 million for repair and maintenance of four of its Bell UH-IH "Huey" combat utility helicopters.
Helicopters scheduled for maintenance are those bearing tail numbers 308, 305, 806, and 507.
Submission and bid opening is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.
Prospective bidders should have an experience in similar project within the last five years.
The PAF is known to operate 20 to 30 units of various models of the "Huey" helicopter.
The latter is a military helicopter powered by a single turboshaft engine, with two-bladed main and tail rotors.
The helicopter was developed by Bell Helicopter to meet the United States Army's requirement for a medical evacuation and utility helicopter in 1952, and it first flew on Oct. 20, 1956.
Ordered into production in March 1960, the UH-1 was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production for the United States military, and more than 16,000 have been produced worldwide.