DND undersecretary Fernando Manalo, chairman of the DND Special Bids and Awards Committee 1 (DND-SBAC 1) said that seven firms bidding for two long range patrol aircraft of the Philippine Air Force filed motion for reconsideration. Recommendation for the motions will be forwarded to Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.
These firms are Elta Systems, Elbit Systems, EADS-CASA Airbus Defense and Space, Saab Asia Pacific, PT Dirgantara Indonesia Indonesian Aerospace, Lockheed Martin and L3 Mission Integration.
The project has an allotted budget of PhP5.9 billion. Funded by the Revised Armed Forces Modernization Program approved in 2012. The winning bidder should deliver the aircraft within 1,035 days from the receipt of notice.
In its supplemental bid bulletin, posted for the benefit of 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.