PAF allots P32M for FA50PH ‘canopy jettison rocket motors’

MANILA The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is now looking for suppliers capable of delivering "canopy jettison rocket motors" needed for the maintenance of its eight South Koreanmade FA50PH "Fighting Eagle" jet fighters.

The budget for the project is placed at PHP32,832,000.

The said components are for FA50PH aircraft with tail numbers 003 to 010.

Prebid conference is slated for June 20, 10 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center, Conference Room, the bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System said Thursday.

The final submission and opening of bids is on July 4, 9:15 a.m. at the same venue.

"All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security, Performance Security, PreBidding Conference/s, Evaluation of Bids, PostQualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)," PAF Bids and Awards Committee chair Brig. Gen. Fernyl Buca said in the same bid bulletin.

The FA50PHs had its baptism of fire in the Marawi City campaign where it was heavily used for closeair support mission roles along with the venerable OV10 "Bronco" turboprop attack aircraft, SF260 light bombers and various attack helicopters of the PAF.

The FA50PHs has a top speed of Mach 1.5 or one and a half times the speed of sound and is capable of being fitted airtoair missiles, including the AIM9 "Sidewinder" airtoair and heatseeking missiles aside from light automatic cannons.

Twelve aircraft were acquired from Korea Aerospace Industries for PHP18. 9 billion. Deliveries commenced on November 2015 and were completed in May 2017. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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