21 Juni 2016

Sokol Helicopter up for Maintenance

21 Juni 2016

PZL W-3A Sokol helicopter (photo : pdff)

Sokol helicopter engines up for maintenance

In line with efforts to ensure the airworthiness and mission capability of all its available aircraft, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) is looking for service providers capable of repairing and overhauling the PZL engine (series 3) of its W-3A "Sokol" helicopters.

Budget for the project is placed at PHP38.9 million.

PAF bids and awards committee chair Brig. Gen. Nicolas Parilla said the bid opening and submission is on July 8, at 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

The PAF has around seven W-3A helicopters in its inventory. They were acquired during 2011-2012 period as part of the Air Force's ongoing modernization program.

The "Sokol" can fly at more than 140 knots while the older UH-1 "Hueys" can only do 120 knots.

It also has a 14,100 pound payload compared to the UH-1's 9,500 pound lifting capability. It is manufactured by Augusta PZL Swidnik of Poland.

It has enough space for two pilots, two crewmen, three medical attendants and six passengers.


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