Two of the eight brand new Bell 412EP helicopters for Philippine Air Force have arrived in the Philippines and are now undergoing assembly and testing in a secured facility. A total of six helicopters from Bell Helicopter Canada are expected to be delivered until August this year.
“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.