DND signs deal with Bell for 16 PAF choppers worth P12-B

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  • The Philippine government has signed a P12-B contract with Bell for the purchase of 16 choppers
  • The deal was announced by Bell at the Singapore Airshow 2018 on Tuesday
  • Delivery will start this year and is expected to be completed in 2020.

MANILA, Philippines  –  The Philippine government has finally signed the contract worth P12.07-B which would facilitate for the purchase of 16 choppers from Bell Helicopter for the country’s Air Force.

The signing of deal was announced by Bell at Singapore Airshow 2018 on Tuesday, February 6. The purchase of brand new 16 Bell 412EPI forms part of the ongoing Armed Forces modernization program and followed the procurement of 8 similar models which were completed in 2015.

“The 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters, fully configured and equipped with advanced features, are being acquired as part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines modernization plans,” said Bell in a statement; adding that the purchase was made by the DND through a government-to-government contract with the Canadian Commercial Corporation.

Most of the choppers, as those that were already in the Air Force fleet, will be used the Philippine military for disaster relief operations, search and rescue and for transport.

Sameer Rehman, managing director of Bell Helicopter Asia-Pacific, said they are honored that the Bell 412 will continue to serve the Philippine Air Force for many years to come.

“Bell’s helicopters have been a key component for the Philippine Air Force in the past and we look forward to bringing these aircraft into service quickly to serve the citizens of the Philippines,” Rehman added.

Initial deliveries for the aircraft will be made before the end of 2018, while the rest will arrive in 2019 until the whole fleet is completed by 2020.