MANILA — Three of the Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s McDonnell Douglas MG-520 “Defender” attack helicopters will be having their engine systems overhauled and repaired for the sum of PHP8 million.
The sum is intended for the acquisition of parts and services needed for the maintenance of MG-520 helicopters with tail numbers 505, 506, and 507.
The PAF is known to operate around 12 to 16 models of the MG-520.
The Air Force acquired 25 units of these helicopters in the early 1990s and it was used to support troops during encounters with the New People’s Army and lawless elements like the Abu Sayyaf Group for the past few years.
The MG-520 is derived from the MG-500 light utility helicopter.
It can be armed with .50 caliber heavy machine gun and air-to-ground rockets. Pre-bid conference is scheduled on Thursday, 3 p.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.
While submission and opening of bids is on Feb. 27, 9 a.m. at the same venue, PAF Bids and Awards Committee chair Brig. Gen. Erickson Gloria said in the bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System. (PNA)
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