01 Februari 2016
PAF Huey helicopters (photo : US DVIDS)
MANILA (PNA) -- With helicopters playing a major role in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) announced that it is procuring spare parts needed for the maintenance of six of its UH-1H "Huey" combat utility helicopters.
The budget for the maintenance project is placed at PHP17,241,236.23.
UH-1H helicopters slated for maintenance are those bearing tail numbers 276, 863, 504, 513, 517 and 507.
Submission and opening of bids is on Feb. 2, 9:00 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.
The UH-1H is a military helicopter powered by a single turboshaft engine, with two-bladed main and tail rotors.
It was 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 October 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 built.
The PAF is known to operate 41 variants of the UH-1 helicopters for its transport, medical evacuation and ground support missions.