The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is planning to procure up to 24 attack helicopters from 2018 to boost counter-insurgency capabilities, Arsenio Andolong, the Department of National Defense’s chief of public affairs confirmed to Jane’s on 24 November.
He also confirmed that the helicopter procurement falls under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ‘second horizon’ modernisation programme, which runs from 2018 until 2022. However, Andolong also said that final approval for funding the procurement had not yet been secured from the government.
On 21 November Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told AFP personnel injured during the government’s five-month battle with insurgents in Marawi, southern Philippines, which ended in October, that the new helicopters were required urgently to support continuing counter-insurgency efforts.
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