DND sticks with T129 ATAK attack helicopter for PAF

DND sticks with T129 ATAK attack helicopter for PAF

The Philippines will still have its attack helicopters after the Department of National Defense (DND)announced that it is still a “GO” with the Turkish T129 ATAK for the attack helicopter acquisition project for Philippine Air Force (PAF).

“Based on the revised Acquisition Decision Memorandum released by the DND and signed by Sec. Lorenzana recently, the decision is to proceed with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) offer with still the T129 ATAK attack helicopter,” MaxDefense said.

It added that “the project would remain as a Government-to-Government (G2G) deal with the Turkish government, and will proceed as plan based on the discussions made between the two countries since last year.”

T129 ATAK attack helicopter
(photo credit to owner)

As per MaxDefense it was told that that the Turkish government and Turkish Aerospace Industries has assured the DND and the Philippine Air Force that there will be no problems in securing export licenses for US-made parts and subsystems, including the LHTEC-sourced engines and other avionics.”

It was last December that the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) of the Republic of Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defense cooperation.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) will focus on government-to-government (GTG) acquisition, as well as the development, production, co-production, and transfer of defense technology between the DND and the SSB. 

MaxDefense is a popular defense page which tackles the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, has posted an article regarding T129 ATAK attack helicopter which the PAF is eyeing.

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