PH eyeing Chinook helicopters from US

PH eyeing Chinook helicopters from US




The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization is on full swing.

The Philippines has just been offered by the United States of America  to buy its helicopters, the ever reliable and heavy duty heavy-lift Chinook helicopters.

According to the country’s Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel RomualdezWashington  is offering helicopters aside from the Black Hawk helicopters which the Philippines agreed to buy in December 2018.
Chinook that was used in one of the Balikatan exercises done in the Philippines
(photo credit to owner)



"The US is offering the Philippines to buy heavy-lift Chinook helicopters," Romualdez said.
“We are buying more equipment but on the high-ticket items. I think you know about the 16 Blackhawk helicopters. And then there are the heavy-lift Chinook helicopters which are being offered to the Philippines,” he said.
Romualdez said if the AFP purchase will proceed, it will help the Armed Forces of the Philippines in their military/civilian operations.

“This is very important for our disaster relief and then also in the movement of our soldiers,” the Philippine envoy said.
Romualdez said the Philippine military prefers American-made equipment.
“Our soldiers would prefer obviously American-made, not because they have anything against Russian or Chinese-made, but because interoperability is very important," Romualdez said.
The Philippine government recently,agreed to buy 16 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp for P12.67 billion ($240 million), shunning cheaper Russian equipment due to US sanctions on Russian military exports.




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