Aircraft manufacturer AgustaWestland is now undergoing post-qualification checks after being selected as the sole proponent of the Department of National Defense (DND)’s PHP5.4 billion anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter project.
DND Undersecretary for Finance, Munitions and Modernization Fernando Manalo disclosed the information in a text message to the Philippines News Agency.
Post-qualification refers to the background check to determine the capability of the manufacturer to deliver the equipment on time and comply with the specifications requested by the contracting party.
Manalo did not give the exact time frame for the post-qualification checks but said that it is now ongoing.
AgustaWestland was selected by the DND as the possible supplier of its two ASW helicopters late in 2015.
Manalo said AgustaWestland offered the Philippines its brand-new AW-159 “Wildcat” anti-submarine helicopter.
The ASW helicopter project is one of the seven military modernization projects which President Benigno S. Aquino III has given DND the green-light to go into a “multi-year contract” last November.
Projects placed under the “multi-year contract” include the two missile-armed frigates, eight amphibious assault vehicles, two long-range patrol aircraft, six close-air support aircraft, munition for the brand-new FA-50PH jet fighters and surveillance radars.
Manalo earlier said payment from the seven projects will run from 2015 to 2018.
Granting of the “multi-year contract” will allow to pursue the military modernization program beyond Aquino’s term, he added.
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