The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has allocated some PHP1.3 trillion (USD25 million) towards the acquisition of one multi-purpose amphibious aircraft, and has invited eligible contractors to bid for the project.
The airframe, which will be operated by the Philippine Navy, is being acquired as part of efforts to bolster the country’s aerial maritime surveillance, and search-and-rescue (SAR) capabilities.
The programme has been established as part of the second phase of an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernisation plan that runs from 2018 to 2023.
Potential suppliers of the aircraft must have completed a similar project within the last five years, and the airframe must be delivered within 730 days from the contract signing.
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