21 Huey choppers to boost PAF’s operations

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MANILA, Philippines—The 21 refurbished Huey helicopters seen to be added to the Philippine Air Force’s list of assets, will not only boost the aviation wing’s capability and military operations but will also be of use to the upcoming 2013 elections, the Department of National Defense said Monday.

Undersecretary for Finance, Munitions Installations and Materiel Fernando Manalo said the Air Force requested additional helicopters as they are anticipating an increase in air mobility requirements due to election-related flights in various parts of the country.

He also said that the project was already in the pipeline as early as 2011, when then PAF Commanding General, Lt Gen Oscar Rabena, requested President Benigno S. Aquino III for additional Hueys. The said helicopters are also urgently required during calamity and disaster operations.

According to a recent report of the Defense Acquisition System (DAS) assessment team, there are only 16 fully/partial mission-capable Hueys in the PAF inventory. Currently, the PAF is 51 units short of reaching its ideal number of operational combat utility helicopters.

“The acquisition of CUHs aims to address the capability shortfall on the number of utility helicopters in order for the PAF to efficiently perform their missions. Utility helicopters are deployed all over the Philippines and have proven to be the most effective platform for the internal security operations (ISO) and the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) campaign,” Manalo said.

“With the present national security condition, the acquisition of additional combat utility helicopters to augment the existing UH-1H ‘Huey’ fleet is imperative. The PAF’s primary helicopter is the Huey, which falls under the light lift category. Having been the workhorse of AFP tactical operations for many years, the Huey fleet has succumbed to natural attrition due to structural stress and aircraft accidents,” he added.

An Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) was issued in March 2012 for the acquisition of 21 refurbished UH-1H helicopters under negotiated procurement pursuant to Section 53.2 (Emergency Cases) of the implementing rules and regulations of RA 9184, s-2003.

The Defense Department submitted the request to the Government Policy and Procurement Board (GPPB) for authority to implement through negotiated procurement the said acquisition project last June 2012. However, last September, the DND received the GPPB’s decision to conduct public bidding for the UH-1H project instead of negotiated procurement.

The bid opening is set on December 4, 2012, with six potential bidders having already bought the bid documents, signifying their intention to participate in the bidding process. To avoid the danger of not being able to fully-support the helicopter lift requirements of the 2013 elections, the PAF has recommended that the delivery time for the Hueys be not later than February 28, 2013, Manalo said.

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  • jaws378

    I am not an expert on defense matters but now that there is already a peace agreement between the Goverment and the MILF, should we not instead focus our attention to external defense? If I am not mistaken, we are the only country in South East Asia who does not have the capability to defend our skies from external aggression because we do not have fighter planes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    bilin niyo na bilis anak ng kamote!!!! nag press release nanaman kayo!!! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    What is the company to refurbish the Huey helicopters? I once read that counterfeit Huey parts made in China were used before and was the primary cause of mechanical failures and crashes of these choppers. These choppers are Vietnam-war vintage and if counterfeit parts will get to them, the more these will become “flying coffers”.

  • NEILMCNALLY

    THE MOST APPROPRIATE DEFENCE THE PILIPINAS ARMED FORCES SHOULD ENDEAVOUR TO PROVIDE WOULD BE GROUND-TO-AIR GUIDED-MISSILE BATTERIES SCATTERED OVER THE COUNTRYSIDE.NO AOUNT  OF REGULAR FIGHTER AIRCRAFT WOULD BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST POTENTIAL ENEMY ATTACKS

  • wakats

    The refurbished Huey copters for use during the 2013 elections?  I remember how many times the arroyos  used the raven helicopters bought by mike which later on sold to PNP as brand new after 5 years of use.

    The PAF is different from PNP and the huey copters should not be used by LP candidates or by other officials distributing election propaganda.  It is useful if used for distributing official ballots, election returns, etc to far-flung areas, but much better if used to resupply our troops in Pag-asa Island and on troops stationed in Southern Palawan facing the spratly archipelago.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Yes its acceptable and useable. 

    But we need most is territorial boundary security… DOST must develop laser/electromagnetic frequency boundary defence system that will command an standy by missile batteries in Philippine shorelines all over archepelago, that will strike targets with precession in a given coordinates by this boundary defence system.

    DOST must developed drones in years to come robots will be used as a military warfare.

    Where the Philippines will start?…. start from the concept of robotech toys.

    • jurbinsky77

      Yes, there was recent news about Filipno teachers in the US, one lady instructor is teaching robotics, remote contol and instrumentation.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LWOJV7GANRMRF7Q6XLWAKHNXTE Ritchie

    People!!!….. its for search and rescue………….whats with the missiles? read the post…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FWD5IDZT7SXOEHKLE3O7CGFOAE Bright

    Combat air assets should not be used for civilian and political reasons. 

    • jurbinsky77

      On the contrary, even the infantry should be utilized for civil operations. You can only be assured of the hardware readiness if you use it in the field.

  • RomyLitz

    It is not to be used for election but for rescue operations and fight against the Abu Sayyaf and NPAs. I still have to see reports where these helicopters are put ot good advantage against extreme terrorists in Mindanao, Negros, Samae and Leyte,

  • http://twitter.com/SiPingGuerrero Ping Guerrero

    these must be put to good use against the communist terrorists and the abu sayaff.

  • monses

    They will acquire these refurbished choppers for election purpose only no more no less!

    • jurbinsky77

      I am not sure if it was MIchael in Godfather 2 (?) telling Vincenzo, “Don’t let your enemies know what you are thinking”. Maybe it was Vito reprimanding the hot-headed Sonny.

  • joboni96

    the fastest way to do it is
    rehab all present hueys in paf
    to huey2 standard

    using paf personnel
    in dedicated paf rehab line

  • Ronald Diaz

    Again..puro nalang second hand military equipment para sa ating PAF..  

  • bugoybanggers

    HUwag po sana puro PRESS RELEASE na naman. Totohanin na ninyo! Ang inaalala ko baka sa 21 eh 10 lang ang pwedeng lumipad at ang 11 ay para PANGAHUYAN ng spare parts, aray ko po! Please lang maawa naman kayo sa katayuan ng AFP-PAF, alam ng lahat na dehadong -dehado na po talaga. Yung iba naman diyan, wag na kayong masyadong mangarap ng kung ano-anong klaseng mamahaling HELICOPTER na pang VIP lang. Isipin natin yung pangangailangan. Larga na KUNIN na ninyo baka maunahan pa kayo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_47AS3MXEHKUW6IEMD5W3CCDWKQ gary

    Where are the new Choppers? Huey is Vietnam era, if AMAN Futures can have 8 Planes at its disposal, surely the Govt with its much talked about Fiscal Discipline and ratings upgrade, and the not too shabby 82B USD in reserves can buy at least a dozen new and modern choppers. Just print the money .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SW6KXGNWNTZ2IU3DPAFIYIXNB4 CliffordM

    This what Im saying where is SOKOLS Promise this government mouthpiece.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BWGRMTFXD4XQ274QZMQYO43KOI fear_

    Na naman!refurbished na nmn ano ba yan?wala bago ng konti ahihi!yung bell sana mas makintab ng konti hehehe

    • http://www.facebook.com/metz.ceprian Buknoy Bisaya

      lol

  • billy31

    pag refurbished, the price can be manipulated…of course!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Magkano na man kaya ang napunta sa bulsa ng mga pulitiko at military officers dito?
    Imposibleng hindi tumulo ang laway ng mga kawatan.

  • zeroko

    Forget about equipping our Arm Forces with military hardware. It is an exercise in futility. The most practical solution is to invite the Americans and open their bases here.Period! Huey, he he he he he heh eh eh he!

    21 Huey is equal to 21 missiles, the fire and forget type, in which these missiles are lazer guided and once lock on the target, the missile takes over. Gagawin lang target practice ang Huey helicopters.

    American base is a multi-billion dollar business. Hotels, motels, Restauranats, import and export of goods to sustain the base, base rentals, additional employment, mushrooming of private apartments for American Families and etc. Let them built these base in Guioan, Southern most tip of Samar, so that the Chinese can not make a surprise attack without being detected.

    Another one is an uninhabited island between Laoag City and Basco Batanes. It is flat, and the Americans can develop it, and provide their own desalination water facilities. Then, another island, Camiguin Island near Apparri, where Port Ireen, smuggling of 2nd hand vehicles is located. The Camgiuin Island has a mountain. It can be developed into an airfield inside a tunnel. With intelligent missiles now-a-days, a missile or a cruise missile can target an open Air Base, and the only defense is to park the jets inside the tunnel with 20 feet steel doors to protect it from surprise attack. And these tunnels should face the opposite side of the mountain from China’s location, which is the East. China is located North-North-West.

    I must be dreaming. Dami palang Chinese sa gobyerno natin, pati si PNoy, he he he!

  • Melanio Calayeg

    If you want this procurement to proceed smoothly, Make the Bidding Public…..

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