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PAF allots P32-M for FA-50PH ‘canopy jettison rocket motors’

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is looking for suppliers which can deliver “canopy jettison rocket motors” needed for the maintenance of its eight South Korean-made FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” jet fighters.

The budget for the project is P32.83 million, according to the PAF.

The components needed are for FA-50PH aircraft with tail numbers 003 to 010.

The PAF has set a pre-bidding conference for interested suppliers on June 20 at the PAF Procurement Center, the bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System said Thursday.

The final submission and opening of bids is on July 4.

“All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security, Performance Security, Pre-Bidding Conference/s, Evaluation of Bids, Post-Qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of RA 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR),” PAF Bids and Awards Committee chair Brig. Gen. Fernyl Buca said in the same bid bulletin.

The FA-50PH had its baptism of fire in the Marawi City campaign where it was heavily used for close-air support mission roles along with the venerable OV-10 “Bronco” turbo-prop attack aircraft, SF-260 light bombers and various attack helicopters of the PAF.

The FA-50PH has a top speed of Mach 1.5 or one and a half times the speed of sound and is capable of being fitted air-to-air missiles, including the AIM-9 “Sidewinder” air-to-air and heat-seeking missiles aside from light automatic cannons.

A total of 12 aircraft were acquired from Korea Aerospace Industries for P18.9 billion. Deliveries of the aircraft commenced on November 2015 and were completed in May 2017. 

Earlier, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of staff Gen. Carlito Galvez said government losses in the five-month battle to liberate Marawi City from the control of the Maute-ISIS Group terrorists would have been much higher without support from the PAF, especially its brand-new Mach 1.5 capable FA-50PH jet fighters.#