Air Force initiates SIAI-Marchetti SF-260FH engine assembly project

Pre-bid conference for the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF) SIAI-Marchetti SF-260FH engine assembly project is scheduled on August 26. It will be held at 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City. Meanwhile, the bid opening is on Sept. 10, 9 a.m., at the same venue.

The PAF is allocating the sum of PhP4,250,000 for the acquisition of an engine assy (assembly) for one of its SIAI-Marchetti SF-260FH aircraft. The latter refers to the assembly housing the plane’s engine or powerplant.

The SIAI-Marchetti SF-260 (now Alenia Aermacchi SF-260) is an Italian light aircraft marketed as an aerobatics and military trainer. It was designed by Stelio Frati, originally for Aviamilano, which flew the first prototype of it (then designated F.260) on July 15, 1964. Actual production was undertaken when SIAI Marchetti purchased the design soon thereafter and continued with this firm until the company was bought by Aermacchi in 1997.

The military versions are popular with smaller air forces, which can also arm it for use in the close-support role. The PAF is known to have between 10 and 18 units of the above-mentioned aircraft in its inventory.