The Philippine National Police (PNP) has sent three police pilots to United States to train how to operate the brand new rotary twin engine helicopter ordered from Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., PNP Chief of Directorial Staff Police Deputy Director General Archie Gamboa told Manila Bulletin.
“They are being trained so that when the chopper arrives in March this year, they know how to fly it,” Deputy Director General Gamboa as quoted by Manila Bulletin in report dated January 13.
Gamboa added that four policemen who are expert in helicopter repair and maintenance were sent together with 3 pilots.
PNP chief Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa issued the Notice to Proceed for the said procurement in July 2017 with contract price of PHP435,797,548.00.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. is an American aerospace manufacturer based in Fort Worth, Texas.
The PNP is also acquiring a number of new single engine turbine helicopters.
Sources: http://www.pnp.gov.ph/transparency/invitation-to-bid-request-for-quotation/1071-notice-to-proceed-of-supply-and-delivery-of-1-unit-brand-new-rotary-twin-engine-aircraft-helicopter-under-public-bidding-no-pnp-17-12g-nhq-bac; https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/01/13/pnp-sends-3-helicopter-pilots-to-us-for-training/