Duterte to procure 16 choppers in Russia for PAF

Duterte to procure 16 choppers in Russia for PAF

The modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) specifically the Philippine Air Force takes a slightly different path in attaining the necessary military hardware for the fulfillment of its mandate.
It was reported that the AFP is set to procure 16 units of Mi-17 medium-lift helicopters with a total worth of P12.5 billion, this because of the warmer relations initiated by the Duterte administration with Russia.

The acquisition of the medium lift choppers increases the air capability of the PAF to respond to the different military missions as well as in times of Humanitary Assistance and Disaster Relief(HADR) operations.
Russia's Mi-17 medium-lift helicopter
(photo credit to owner)

It was reported that each helicopter costs $14.7 million. The procurement of such by the AFP is a first, since traditionally we have been sourcing our war materials from western countries mainly from the US and from NATO countries.
The said procurement is expected to be one of the agreements that will be signed during President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s second visit to Russia. As per the president’s schedule he will be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss a variety of topics and concern for both countries.

Duterte during the last anniversary of the PAF vowed to strengthen the unit by acquisition of the much needed air assets, the PAF is the second highest beneficiary of budget allocation next to the Philippine Navy (PN).
“I am hoping and praying that before my remaining three years expire, all of these things, especially the labeled ‘Horizon Projects’ of yours, will be completed during my term,” Duterte said then.

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