Russia providing a VVIP as part of the 16 Mi-17 offer

Russia providing a VVIP as part of the 16 Mi-17 offer

The Philippine-Russia relations is on new heights.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be visiting Moscow for the second time during his incumbency under following the acceptance of the invitation sent to him by Russian president Vladimir Putin to visit the country.

It might be recalled the 1st visit last May of 2017 was abruptedly shorten as trouble in Marawi was on tipping point.
A Russian Mi-17 medium-lift helicopter
(photo credit to owner)

One of the top priorities of administration in this second visit is the full completion of the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines before President Duterte steps down in 2022.
“I am hoping and praying that before my remaining three years expire, that all of these things, especially the labeled ‘Horizon Projects’ of yours, will be completed during my term,” President Duterte said during the  anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) at Villamor Air Base in Pasay city last
The President is not limiting the completion of the modernization programs of just the PAF but also to the two other branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine Army (PA).

Both countries are expected to signed a number of agreements, one of the big tickets is the AFP acquisition of 16 units of Mi-17 medium-lift helicopters worth $14.7 million each (approximately P779 million) or a total of US$235 million (P12.5 billion) as part of its modernization program for the PAF.
The said purchase contract would include another configured Mi-17 medium-lift helicopter, free of charge for “VVIP (very, very important person) helicopter (Presidential Helicopter).

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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