Boeing, PHL Army in early talks for AH-6i light attack helicopter

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The Philippine Army and American aircraft and arms manufacturer Boeing are in an early stage of talks for AH-6i light attack helicopter. This was confirmed by Jane’s in a report quoting Terry Jamison, director for global sales and marketing of Vertical Lift Division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

“We are actually working an AH-6 campaign with the Philippines. The army has expressed an interest in the capability, and we are answering their questions and providing information on the helicopter, but I wouldn’t want to say anything more than that at this stage,” Jamison said as quoted by Jane’s.

The Philippine Army is active in building up its aviation unit.

In October 2019, the Army upgraded its Aviation Battalion into Aviation Regiment (Provisional).

The Army said the upgraded aviation unit will be maintaining its current fleet of fixed-wing aircraft for special aviation mission while it develops its capabilities in armed reconnaissance, air assault and air medical evacuation by utilizing rotary wing aircraft.

It explained that this unit enables Army forces to be agile, lethal and versatile.

“We will be acquiring light attack helicopters, armed reconnaissance helicopters, and multi-purpose medium lift helicopters. Through the upgraded Army Aviation Regiment as an integral component of our combined arms operations, our Army will have the capability to conduct a better array of aviation operations to support ground forces and be more responsive in the archipelagic setting in the defense posture,” the then Army commanding general Lieutenant General Macairog S. Alberto said.