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PH eyes to purchase 2 light planes for territorial defense support

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense is looking to acquire two brand new light lift fixed wing aircraft worth about P800 million.

DND Undersecretary for Bids and Awards Committee Fernando Manalo said the aircraft must be able to “provide organic general support for territorial defense, internal peace and security plan, internal security operations, disaster response and national development.”

The funds, which  will be sourced from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act Trust Fund, are worth P814,000,000.

The bidding documents can be purchased for P75,000, with a bid opening on August 23 at DND Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo.

A pre-bid conference is scheduled for August 9.

The bidders must have completed a similar project within the last five years.

The winning supplier is required to deliver the aircraft within 548 calendar days from the letter of credit, Manalo said.


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  • Young_Gen

    They will buy a light plane made in china to patrol against china. Ayayay. Maloloko ako.

  • yew_tan

    Something Filipinos must learn. Do not fight fire with fire if lean resources constrain your abilities to fight. To engage a much larger, well equipped, superior enemy force, exploit the use of asymmetric warfare. There’re many ways to effectuate the concept, the only limit is one’s imagination. But there’s one proposal I would like to make…. buy small boats as many as the budget can afford… one, it should be the cheapest, and two, it must be semi-submerged to minimize, if not completely avoid detection. Equip it with remote control and fill it with explosives. You can also take a guidance system from a missile, adopt it to control the boat’s rudder mechanism to let it seeks it’s target without much human interventions.Philippine Government should explore deeper into using asymmetric warfare as has been proven effective during Vietnam conflict. The Vietnamese used punji sticks and bobby traps while their enemy used fighter bomber jets and tanks. A country aggrieved, so bereft of resources does not have to drain it’s treasury to be strong and able to defend herself. A will to survive, unity of people, discipline, ingenuity and selfless dedication to country are essential elements to overcome. Good luck.

    • opinyonlangpo

      Thats the best idea so far, cheap and effective. China also played with the idea though since it is effective against bigger and slower warships.

      • yew_tan

        I hear you.

      • ed_dAVAO

        sssssst secret. dont tell anybody.

    • philcitizen

      agree. this should be the first priority then upgrade using the pork barrel.

    • Guest

      What is asymmetric warfare? Plain language please.

  • Hey_Dudes

    This is the bigger problem with government purchasing capital equipment through bidding. Haven’t you notice our military having no standard equipment? Their helicopters are made of mix-up brands. Some made in Italy, USA, Poland, Israel etc. etc? I believe when it comes to military arsenal, government should buy the equipment preferably one or two brands only. That way, in the event there are shortages in parts, they can cannibalize from a disabled aircraft to make use of a better airworth one.

    • Guest

      Standardization is nice but it’s a long and painstaking process. Requires long program planning and implementation. You won’t get one just in time you need the hardware for a purpose.

  • bogli_anakdami

    ay sus ginoo… kunyari “brand new” yan… bagong pintura lang yung mga kalawang sa engine, bwi hi hi hi hi pwi!

    • Lumad01

      inggit ka lang baril baril lang wala ka.gung gung.gamay utin ikaw ba yan?

  • ed_dAVAO

    wala yan. useless.

  • valsore

    Territorial defense is best served by hundreds of radar and geo-stationary satelite all over the country’s coastline. Then you only need a few fighter planes and warships to cover the whole country.

    • Guest

      How many hundreds of radar and geo-stationary satellites?
      How few fighter planes and warships required?



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