04 Agustus 2016
PAF MD-520MG attack helicopter (photo : pdff)
MANILA (PNA) -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is allocating the sum of PHP3,200,000 for the acquisition of spare parts needed for the maintenance of its McDonnell Douglas MD-520MG "Defender" attack helicopters.
Pre-bid conference is on Wednesday, 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.
While submission and opening of bids is on Aug. 16, 9:00 a.m. at the same venue.
The PAF is known to operate between 12 to 16 models of the MD-520, according to military sources.
The PAF affair with the MD-520 started in the early 90's when 25 units of these excellent aircraft were delivered to country.
It was used with great effect against New People's Army (NPA) rebels and lawless elements like the Abu Sayyaf Group for the past few years.
The MD-520 is derived from the MG-500 light utility helicopter.
It can be armed with .50 caliber heavy machines and air-to-ground rockets.
The aircraft carries a crew of two and is capable of flying to speeds up to 160 miles per hour (257 kilometers per hour), making it ideal for close air support work.