Philippine Air Force to get 6 more attack planes purchased from Brazil

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The Department of National Defense (DND) confirmed purchase of six brand new close air support aircraft (CASA) from Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Embraer Defense and Security.

Embraer Defense and Security was announced to be the winning bidder to supply six planes to Philippine military.

The announcement was confirmed by Arsenio Andolong, DND Public Affairs Office Chief, and said that notice to proceed with purchase has been issued this week. 

“Yes. A Notice to Proceed for the supply and delivery of six close air support aircraft has been transmitted to and received by Embraer Defense and Security,” Andolong said when asked for confirmation on which company bagged the purchase contract of P4, 968, 000, 000.

“The aircraft that was selected after a rigorous public bidding process that was participated in by several manufacturers from different countries was the Super Tucano A-29, which is compliant with the stringent technical specifications required by the PAF (Philippine Air Force),” he added.

The aircraft was scheduled to be delivered in 2019, the department and Embraer said while contract is being crafted for signing by DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

The six brand new attack planes will be deployed to provide support in fighting the terrorist groups during close-air missions.

Currently, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) is heavily relying on US surplus OV-10 planes for its bombing attacks against the rebels. Though the said planes are considered old, these Vietnam-war vintage aircrafts were in action fighting the ISIS linked Maute group in Marawi City from May to October.

The acquisition of the six new attack planes is part of the PAF’s ongoing modernization, which will be (charged to Philippine Trust Act Funds)

 Source: Manila Bulletin

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