The Philippine National Police (PNP) has received the first of the three twin-engine Bell 429 helicopters.
“We will officially commission today a brand new air asset to bolster the operational capability of the PNP in addressing criminality, terrorism, and other police emergencies that require air ground operations,” Outgoing PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa was quoted as saying by Inquirer on Monday.
The government bought three helicopters for P435.8 million (US $8.3 billion) from Bell Helicopter Textron after undergoing public bidding in June last year.
Dela Rosa said the unit was delivered on Thursday, April 12, three months ahead of schedule.
The next unit is expected to be delivered in 2019.