PHL Air Force now looking for possible supplier of combat utility helicopters

A Philippine Air Force (PAF) technical working group is now working to look for possible supplier of combat utility helicopters (CUH) after the 16-helicopter deal with Canada was cancelled.

“As of now we do not want to speculate. The working group will look into any solution from the east and western countries,” PAF commander Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar said on February 17, as quoted by PNA.

On February 13, the Department of National Defense (DND) announced that it issued a notice to Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) terminating the contract for the supply and delivery of the sixteen units of Bell 412 CUH.

“This is in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and pursuant to the Government Procurement Law (RA 9184) which authorizes contract termination for the convenience of the government,” DND said.

DND added that the termination was precipitated by the review ordered by the Canadian government on the implementation of the signed Contract Agreement between the DND and CCC.

“While the combat utility helicopters being purchased are primarily for the purpose of transporting personnel and supplies, the Department believes that it does not owe the Canadian government any justification for an outright purchase of equipment from a privately-owned company,” DND said adding that it will continue to pursue the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program which is now in second phase.