Philippines orders 12 medium-lift helicopters from Russia—Duterte

Philippines orders 12 medium-lift helicopters from Russia—Duterte

The Philippines will be acquiring cargo helicopters from Russia.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in an exclusive interview with Russia Today, announced that the country will purchase from Russia 12 cargo helicopters to fill the needs of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and has given the assurance that the country will be prompt in paying its purchase amount.

“We had our priorities. I was buying for 12 cargo helicopters, and you know we are not a rich country. However, we reprogrammed the funds of the government, how to budget it,” Duterte said.

Russia's Mi-17 medium-lift helicopter
(photo credit to owner)

“I’m sure that we’ll have to make the down payments and be prompt in our, you know, just because Russia is a friend, doesn’t follow that we abscond or we do not pay our debts,” he said.

“So, it’s still money and we, we’re really short of it actually. We’re not that rich. But we have placed the orders now. Twelve military helicopters — cargo choppers,” he continued.

Last year, it was reported that the government is eyeing the acquisition of 16 units of Mi-17 medium-lift helicopters with a total worth of P12.7 billion

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.

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