The Philippine Department of Defense has signed a $116 million contract for the purchase of two Agustawestland AW 159 anti-submarine helicopters for the navy.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and AgustaWestland Limited Senior Vice President Stefano Bortoli on Tuesday inked the deal, Philstar reported Friday.
"After more than four decades of aspiring to improve its capability, our Navy has found optimism in this anticipated acquisition of a new state of the art equipment and weaponry to address the requirements of anti-sub-surface naval operations," Gazmin said.
The helicopters are expected to be delivered within 900 days after the signing of the notice to proceed.
The DND allotted P5.4 billion for the contract where AgustaWestland Limited emerged as the single calculated bidder.
"With the eventual availability and utilization of these new air assets, our navy can conduct naval operations with a high degree of confidence and reliability," the Defense chief said.
The military recently acquired new assets such as the South Korean-made FA-50PHs, Bell 205 combat utility helicopters, Airbus Military C-295 transport aircraft, new M-4 rifles and refurbished armored personnel carriers.
Philippines has acquired two additional C-130 Hercules planes from the US for $34 million (P1.6 billion) for its Air Force (PAF)
Japan has signed an accord to supply defense equipment and technology to Philippines alarmed by Chinese actions in South China Sea. This is the first such Japanese defense pact in the region where the US allies have been alarmed by Chinas aggressive advances in disputed territories
The Philippines Air Force has taken delivery of the third and final Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft from Airbus DS. The aircraft was ferried from the final assembly line at Seville, Spain to Clark Air Base, Philippines, the company said in a statement Tuesday
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his countrys Ministry of Defence to cancel a deal to buy 16 Helicopters from Bell Canada after Ottawa threatened to hold up export clearance on Manilas human rights record. "I am directing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) not to buy anymore (military equipment) from Canada or from the United States because there is always a condition attached," Duterte said during the course of a press conference in Davao City
The Philippines will receive one refurbished C-130 Hercules planes from the US next week. Col
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