13 April 2015
PAF SF 260 Marchetti (photo : PAF)
MANILA (PNA) -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has appropriated the sum of PHP1.5 million for the spare parts needed in the overhaul and repair the propeller assemblies of its SF-260 trainer aircraft.
Pre-bid conference is scheduled this April 14 at 1 p.m. at PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.
While submission and opening of bids is slated for April 28 at 9 a.m. in the same venue.
Prospective bidders should have an experience in similar project within the last five years.
The SIAI-Marchetti SF-260 is an Italian light aircraft marketed as an aerobatics and military trainer.
It was designed by Stelio Frati, originally for Aviamilano, which flew the first prototype of it (then designated F-260) on July 15, 1964.
Actual production was undertaken when SIAI Marchetti purchased the design soon thereafter and continued with this firm until the company was bought by Aermacchi in 1997.
The military versions are popular with smaller air forces, which can also arm it for use in the close-support role.
The PAF is known to operate between 10 to 18 units of the this aircraft in its inventory.