After being “held in abeyance”, the Department of National Defense released a supplemental bid bulletin notifying possible bidders that hold on the Close Air Support (CAS) Aircraft acquisition project was lifted. DND will be conducting pre-bid conference on September 16, while bid opening will be on September 30.
Allocated budget for this acquisition program is PhP4.9 billion.
Philippine Air Force will be replacing/complement its Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco” turboprop attack planes with the upcoming six brand new CAS aircraft. These aircraft are designed to provide air support to infantry and naval units in contact with the enemy.
A per DND’s technical specification, bidders must present aircraft with dual tandem seating. The aircraft must have a carrying capacity of at least 3000 pounds with five hard points. Aircraft must also have two .50 caliber guns built-in or through pods.
DND Undersecretary for Finance, Modernization, Installation and Munitions Fernando Manalo confirmed, while presenting the 2016 defense budget before House of Representatives Appropriations Committee today, that revised AFP Modernization projects “held in abeyance” will now move to their next respective bidding phase.
Projects include missile-firing frigates, long-range patrol aircraft, surveillance radars, close-air support aircraft program, and other much-needed military equipment and platforms.