3 MG-520 attack helicopters up for maintenance

MANILAThe Philippine Air Force (PAF), through its Bids and Awards Committee, is allocating PHP12,207,000 for acquisition of spare parts and services needed for the maintenance of the engine, electrical, and airframe systems of three of its McDonnell Douglas MG-520 "Defender" attack helicopters with tail numbers 421, 439, and 503.

The bid opening is slated on Aug. 28, 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, the bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System said.

"The Philippine Air Force reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders," PAF Bids and Awards Committee chair Brig. Gen. Ferynl Buca said in the same bid bulletin.

The PAF is known to operate between 12 to 16 models of the MG-520.

The Air Force acquired 25 units of these helicopters in the early 1990s and it was used to support troops during encounters with the New People's Army and lawless elements like the Abu Sayyaf Group.

The MG-520 is derived from the MG-500 light utility helicopter. It can be armed with .50 caliber heavy machines and air-to-ground rockets. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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