Bell 412EP helicopters arriving August for PAF

Philippine Air Force is set to receive Bell 412EP helicopters from Bell Helicopter Canada this coming August. “We are looking at the minimum delivery of two units to a maximum of six,” Department of National Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo said in an interview with the government news agency.

The government entered into a government-to-government transaction with Canada through Candian Commercial Corporation for the procurement of eight Bell 412EP helicopters worth PhP4.8 billion. The contract was signed March 2014.

“Three of these eight helicopters will be configured as VIP helicopters for the coming APEC meet in September,” Manalo said.

Five units will be configured as combat utility helicopters, also capable for relief operations, to beef up transport and lift capability of the Air Force.