Long range patrol aircraft first stage bidding failed

The first stage of bidding for two long range patrol aircraft (LRPA) for Philippine Air Force worth PhP5.9 billion failed Monday August 11 during the opening of bid and submission.

After hours of deliberation, a total of 7 bidders including Saab Asia Pacific, L3 Mission Integratio, IAI Elta Systems, Elbit Systems, Lockheed Martin, PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Indonesian Aerospace), CASA-Airbus Defense and Space were found ineligible.

The Department of National Defense Bids and Awards Committee gave these bidders three days to submit motion for reconsideration. Deadline for filling of motion is until Thursday August 14.

The DND-BAC was not able to reach the stage of checking technical documents of five bidders. While Elta and Elbit did not reach DND’s expectation on technicalities of there bids.

In its supplemental bid bulletin, posted for the benefit of prospective bidders, the DND states that “functional multiplicity dictates that the aircraft be able to carry a wide array of external stores.”

This can be in the form of search and rescue pods, marker and flare pods, spray pods, gun pods, rockets, and anti-ship missiles.

Having these systems installed in the LRPA will allow the Philippines to detect and, if possible, engage and destroy hostile threats detected in the water.

Defense Assistant Secretary Patrick Velez said these two LRPA “will provide the eyes and ears in the areas of our maritime domain awareness and plug the gaps in the air surveillance capacity.

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