Second batch of Sokol choppers delivered to PAF


MANILA, Philippines – The second batch of Sokol combat utility helicopters, aimed at boosting the military’s operations were delivered to the Philippine Air Force.

The two additional Sokol choppers were in addition to the first four choppers delivered in February, a statement from the supplier PZL Swidnik in Poland said early this week.

The contract, as part of the modernization program, involves the delivery of eight choppers and ground support equipment, spare parts, support services and training for aircrew and maintainers. The remaining two will be delivered in early 2013.

“This delivery marks an important program milestone for both PZL-Świdnik and the Philippine Air Force. The outstanding capabilities of the Sokol helicopter and its ability to perform a wide range of roles will further enhance the capabilities of the Philippine Air Force” said Nicola Bianco, Managing Director, PZL-Świdnik S.A.

The Sokol choppers were transported from Jasionka Airport near Russia to Clark Air Base in Manila.

The choppers arrived in the country on Monday morning via an Antonov cargo plane, the PAF said.

It added that the Sokol choppers would be turned over to the 505th Search and Rescue Group, where other four delivered earlier.

The helicopters, which have enough space for two pilots, two crewmen, three medical attendants and six rescued survivors, will be used for search and rescue missions.

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  • RyanE

    This is good, but how about some attack helicopters?

  • monses

    Lahat na lang puro search and rescue at panggamit sa election.kailan lang  dami binili na Huey ganun din ang purpose.Dapat ibahin na pangalan ng PAF tawagin na lang ESAF or election search and rescue air force.

  • joboni96

    wala naman ngipin mga ito

    dapat ni rehab na lang lahat ng hueys
    at bumili ng mga corvettes

    dami ngayon sa europe

    • wahala419

      With our 82Billion Dollars reserve, kaya naman nating bumili kaagad kahit bukas na ng mga war equipments. Pero it’s easier said than done. Hindi tayo pweding basta bastang bumili ngayon nyan dahil sa teretorial dispute issue. Pag ginawa natin yun iisipin ng mga tsekwa, na umaangas tayo… mas maganda pa rin ang slowly but surely. Let’s exhaust first all the diplomatic means, mas mura yun. 

      • joboni96

        ok ako sa diplomasya

        go tayo asap sa pagpalakas ng depensa
        same as intsik switik is doing

        tularan natin malaysians and vietnamese
        na mas maliliit pang bansa
        kaysa 100 million pilipinos

        para hindi tayo dependent sa
        imperyalistang u.s. at
        ikokolonya na naman tayo

  • sigena

    gamitin lang ito sa election campain ni abnoy

  • fear_

    In demand haha diliber ka agad kc eleksiyon na.

  • Wel Aguda

    mga noob eresearch nyo muna helicopter bago kyo mgcomment.

    • fear_

      saan pre?sa youtube yung mga helicopter doon na hindi atin?ahahaha!meron pala sa atin yung huey marami na puro bulok

      • JaAb65

        hnggang ngayon pang vietnam war ang kramihan sa mga helicopter ntin. kaya ng biyakin ng abrilata yang huey na yan LOL

  • Tom Lincoln

     mabuti nalang to kay sa wala

  • $26606290

    yehey!  we are the recent addition to the list of proud owners,  Poland, Czech,  and Myanmar.
    But Myanmar got 13 of these rescue/glorified gunships chops.

    Order naman ng isan AC130 for our friends,  the NPA and ASG.

  • 1Fz20

    bat hindi pa kasi inorder yung tunay na sar version, may flir, nv, all-weather radar/navigation, searchlight, hoist, pontoons, medical eqpt at navalized coating na!!

  • captain ariz

    are this chopper are enough ????????

    • wahala419

      No fire power is enough para sa kasiguraduhan ng peace and security ng isang nasyon. America nga kahit isang fleet lang nila kayang gunawin ang mundo, pero hindi parin sapat para sa kanila.

  • delpillar

    I am saddened na sa Search and Rescue Team lang mapupunta lahat ng Sokol helicopters. They should be used for combat support with rescue and search operation only as secondary role.

    Air Force is for war. They were trained and paid by the people taxes to neutralize the enemy of the state. Whenever there are ambushcades or encounters in Isabela, Quezon province, Basilan, Sulu etc where military units are being pinned-down the terrorist NPA/rebels, those SOKOL helicopters should come for RESCUE at the same time with suppressing firepower support since it can carry more bombs and rockets.

     Military should do what they are trained for and be equipped with modern equipments to do what they supposed to do. All the SOKOL helicopters for the airforce mush have hardened points on both sides for the 70-mm multiple (unguided) tocket launchers, and for future guided-rockets (guided missiles) holder. Pahalagahan din natin ang buhay ng ating mga sundalo, although it is expected for them to die for our beloved country. But many of them are dying in the field with painful injuries waiting to be rescued by old and few Huey helicopters. Most of the Army soldiers are fathers too with over-stretched schedule and few vacation to see their children. Let us help them, as much as possible, come home to their family by providing these air power and logistics helicopters.

    In the  late1960’s to early 80’s, each Regional Unified Command of the AFP had 1 or 2 Sikorsky helicopters plus 4-5 Huey helicopters. Those helicopters owned by the Unified Command of the AFP were separate from the more than 50 helicopters exclussively owned by the Phil. Aifrfoce.

    Right now, we are not yet half the (helicopter) strenght in the 1970’s.

    Let the civilian government agencies handle the rescue operations for the civilian. Let the government and the congress provide that thru the PNP Air Support command, PNP Maritime Unit and the Philippine Coast guard. The SOKOL helicopter or other helicopter for CIVILIAN  resucue must be modified right from the manufacturing process where a short pair of wings on each side is built with crane or lifting motor inside. That short wings also functioning as stabilizer specially when hovering at low altitude with back-flow of wind coming from the wind generated by the rotor blades specially in an eclosed areas. The short wings will also enable the helicopters to run faster.

    • wahala419

      Syempre press release lang na search and rescue yan. Pag sinabi nating para armasan ang ating sadatahang lakas, babrasohin nanaman tayo ng ma tsekwa, not to mention may peace talk pa. Masakit mang sabihin, hindi pa tayo malakas para umangas.

    • Sangkula

      The addition of 5 can’t be modernization but just mere replacements of what the gov’t can afford. Majority of the Hueys in the ’70’s were obtained through  JUSMAG. BTW, Regional Unified Commands were politically created & under Gen. Ver as extension of PSC for control & supervision of the 4 PC & Military, zones & area, respectively then.

    • $17848434

      Balita si LTCol Vilma Santos ang mag-operate at maging commander nitong mga choppers na ito, kaya post-haste ang kanyang promotion!

  • Ronald Diaz

    Wla bang panlaban jan para sa china puro nalng sa search and rescue…

    Kahit 21st century na ..utak nang ating mga pulitiko paatras pa rin.
    Kawawang Juan dela Cruz…

  • nti_boohaya

    Rescue helicopters or “serbis” ng ilan.  Sana di gawing pang hakot ng droga yan.  Multi purpose nga e di armahan pero kung kakailanganin e alisin lang ang armas at walla may rescue chopper ka na. Kung rescue chopper lang yan e gawin lang taxi yan ng magagaling.

  • zeroko

    He he he! Speaking of Huey helicopters, we have several dozens after America withdraw their troops from Vietnam. These helicopters were parked in Mactan Airport (Military side). There was also the unique C-123 cargo airplane. These C-123 are twin propeller driven with another 2 jet assist engine for short takeoff and landing. The Americans gave us their junks instead of pushing these toys to the sea. 

    We always inherit 2nd hand gadgets from the Americans, just like the cheap F-5, the cheapest jet fighter during it’s time. 

    But, had we got a good aircraft maintenance people, we can still utilize these jets and helicopters. The problem is our military is highly politicized. Further more, we have stupid and short sighted Generals who are not oriented how to manage a military organization. All they are after is their retirement benefit and the “pabaon.” Remember, the late Angelo Reyes former ExGeneral who has high moral standard, was at the end succumbed to temptation, he was on the take of hundreds of millions of pesos as pabaon. His last word before he aim his 45 cal. gun to his open mouth is “My parents, I’m sorry.”

    Sometime in the annals of the Marcos Administration, the military diverted 4 C-130 which was purportedly was to be use for search and rescue, and transport of relief goods to the calamity stricken areas, cause by typhoons or what not. These multibillion pesos C-130s were donated by Uncle Sam (America) out of pity to those victim;s of gigantic landslides in Ormoc, Leyte. These military Generals upon approval of Malacanyang formed the semi-government company, Philippine Aero Space Development Corporation.. 

    One of it’s satellite engage in Charter Flights Worldwide! And it used the American donated C-130 for Charter. There were three left, one was sold to an Alaskan Firm by the Generals. These C-130 traveled all over the globe. And what had happen, he he he? The military people, the pilots and the rest of the crew plus the Generals who operated the firm engage in illegal activities, cheating on the expenses, declaring lost of ghost cargoes thereby the senders were paid back, also, the Generals intimidate the Chief Aircraft mechanic to sign a ghost aircraft spare parts worth several millions of dollars!  They also established a firm whereby all maintenance contracts were awarded to their firm. In short, it was conflict of interest. He he he. Para bang ala Eleo de la Paz Comptroller, bantay salakay. Then later on, the Americans discovered that the C-130 they donated were use for Commercial purposes, and they required the Philippine government to buy a brand new C-130 to replace what the Generals sold to the Alaskan firm. The Generals cease the commercial operation.

    He he he. Our military is a full pledge Mafia Syndicate, never forget that. It is a government within a government. Kawawa talaga si Juan de la Cruiz, he does not know what hits him. Nagugutom si Juan de la Cruz samantalang billones ang ninanakao sa gobyerno.

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