Air Force earmarks P110.9-M for armed helicopter parts

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is setting aside the sum of PHP110,917,000 for the acquisition of spare parts needed for the maintenance of its AgustaWestland AW-109 armed helicopters.

Pre-bid conference, as per the bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System, is scheduled for Wednesday, 10 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

While submission and opening of bids is on July 4, 9 a.m. at the same venue.

“The Philippine Air Force reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders,” PAF Bids and Awards Committee chair Brig. Gen. Ferynl Buca said in the same bid bulletin.

The first two PAF armed AW-109s were commissioned last Aug. 17, 2015 while the remaining six were formally accepted for PAF service on Dec. 5 of that year.

The Philippines signed an eight-unit armed AW-109E order with AgustaWestland in 2013 for PHP3.44 billion. PNA