Wednesday, July 16, 2008

AFP to acquire light-lift aircraft - official

07/16/2008 | 01:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will acquire three brand-new or refurbished light-lift aircraft to increase its mobility, a high-ranking military official said Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. Jesus Llanto, deputy chief-of-staff for plans and head of the AFP Modernization Program, said they plan to replace the Air Force’s N-22 Nomad plane with light-lift aircraft such as turboprop planes because the Nomad’s spare parts are hard to get by and quite costly.

"It can still fly, but we have to admit that we would spend more for the maintenance of the aircraft," he told reporters in an interview at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Each light-lift aircraft would cost around P980 million, Mr. Llanto said. "We just completed the bid documents, contracts are up for bidding next month."

This is a welcome news coming from the Philippines Air Force and the AFP. I certainly hope no politician will try to make a mess with it to get kick backs...

Fly High Philippine Air Force..Go AFP Modernization..

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