PH Air Force to receive its attack helicopters net week - DND

PH Air Force to receive its attack helicopters net week - DND


Before the year end the Philippines will have its own attack helicopters.

The Department of National Defense(DND) announced that the government expects to take delivery of the first two of six T129B attack helicopters bought from Turkey.


DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the next two units would be delivered in 2023, and the last two in 2024. Once commissioned, the helicopters will be assigned to the 15th Strike Wing of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

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The procurement was signed by the DND last July 2020 amounting to P13.7-billion purchase contract for six T129B ATAK helicopters, developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries based on the Italian-designed AgustaWestland A129 Mangusta — the first attack helicopter to be designed and produced wholly in Europe.


It is equipped with Turkish-developed weaponry, such as an M197 20-mm three-barreled rotary cannon, Cirit 70-mm laser-guided rockets, Umtas antitank missile, and Stinger air-to-air missiles.

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The first batch of choppers was expected to be delivered by September, but was delayed “due to stringent logistics and administrative procedures,” Andolong said.





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