Four Bell UH-1 Iroquois or Huey helicopters are queued for repairs and maintenance to further enhance Philippine Air Force’s assets. PhP8,838,234.73 is allocated for the said project. PAF is currently in the process of looking for a firm to do the repair and maintenance.
PAF is currently operating approximately 20 to 30 Huey helicopters. Aside from four Hueys to undergo repairs, Department of National Defense has acquired 21 refurbished Huey helicopters in which 10 are reportedly delivered. All 21 are expected to be delivered towards the end of the year.
Huey helicopters act as Philippine Air Force’s combat utility helicopters. Roles these helicopters can assume include fire support, cargo transport, MEDEVAC, resupply mission and troop transport.
Huey helicopters were first used by US Army in combat operation during the Vietnam War. More that 16,000 units have been produced since early 1950s. It was developed by Bell Helicopter for United States Army as medical evacuation and utility helicopter.