PNP buying 3 more helicopters

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is buying three more single-engine turbine helicopters with an approved budget for contract (ABC) of PHP780 million.

The bid opening for the said acquisition project is set on October 15.

This is after the PNP awarded 2 contracts for 2 single-engine turbine helicopters each in December 2017 and July 2018 to Airbus Helicopters for a total of 4 H125 helicopters.

“It is highly expected that Airbus Helicopters would win this one again,” MaxDefense said.

According to Airbus, the H125 outclasses all other single-engine helicopters for performance, versatility, low maintenance, and low acquisition costs, while excelling in high and hot and extreme environments.

“The H125 is well adapted for multi-role law enforcement missions including surveillance, command and control, search and pursuit, rescue, special operations, escort and border patrol in high and hot conditions,” Airbus said.

In April this year, Bell Helicopter Textron delivered a Bell 429 GlobalRanger helicopter to PNP.