Philippine Air Force will add 16 Black Hawk helicopters from the United States (US) and T-129 ATAK from Turkey to its fleet, country’s Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.
"I think finally the Air Force technical working group has come up with a recommendation that the Black Hawk is the best option that they will buy, probably by next year," Philstar quoted Lorenzana as saying Friday.
Lockheed Martin’s helicopter unit Sikorsky, AgustaWestland AW139, the Korea Aerospace Industries' Surion utility helicopter and Canadian-made Bell 412 were being considered as potential contractors.
"We have limited money for that. We have only $240 million worth and the original pricing of this aircraft for the (Bell 41) we can get 16," he added.
Talking about the deal with Turkey, he said, “The Air Force has also chosen the T-129 ATAK helicopter. I think we can only get less than 10, maybe eight."
International online magazine The Diplomat earlier reported that the Philippines has identified the T-129 ATAK multirole combat helicopters to address the requirements of the Philippine military.
The upcoming government-to-government deal between the Philippines and Turkey would serve as a landmark deal for the defense relationship between the two countries, according to the report.
Philippine officials, however, have yet to formally announce the deal, Philstar report said.
The United States (US) has denied Turkey a certificate to export the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) helicopter engines as part of a deal by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to sell 30 ATAK helicopters to Pakistan. The TAI was to produce 30 T129 ATAK Multipurpose helicopters for Pakistan following a $1
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has resumed talks with the Philippines for the sale of Surion KUH-1 multi-role helicopters. Talks with Manila and other potential export possibilities had come to a halt following a fatal crash in July this year of a Marineon (Marines version of the Surion) operated by South Korea's Marine Corps
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has delivered two T-129 ATAK attack helicopters to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The 20th and 21st T-129s are expected to be in TSK service by the end of this month,
The Philippine Army received 80 assault rifles and 44 mortars from the United States government earlier this month. The 80 assault rifles is a grant by the US government to the Philippine Army under the Military Assistance Program
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Defence exports from Turkey exceeded $2 billion for the first time in 2018, an increase of 17% over the previous year. According to Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) data, the exports carried out by the defense and aerospace industry soared by 24
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