In a bid to give the Philippine Air Force (PAF) more offensive capabilities, the Department of National Defense (DND) has open the bidding for six close air support (CAS) aircraft.
The project has a budget of P4,968,000,000 which will be sourced from the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.
CAS refers to capability to provide air support to infantry and naval units in contact with the enemy.
The above-mentioned aircraft is the projected replacement of the PAF's existing Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco" attack planes.
DND undersecretary Fernando Manalo said that the contract includes integrated logistic support system.
Winning bidders must be able to deliver the aircraft within 540 calendar days from contract effectivity.
Participants in the DND's CAS project must have completed a similar program within the last 10 years.
Manalo added that the CAS aircraft must be used by the countries offering and manufacturing them.
Pre-bid conference is schedule for this coming May 28 at the DND Bidding and Awards Committee conference room, basement right wing,
Bid opening is slated on June 11.