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Philippines selects its first helicopters from Russia

10th November 2020 - 02:14 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Philippine Air Force receives its first Black Hawks from Poland, but new Russian-built helicopters are on their way too

Several weeks ago, the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) approved a deal worth PHP12.797 billion ($268.7 million) for 16 new medium-lift helicopters from the Russian government.

The new type in question to be operated by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) is the Mil Mi-171, marking the first time that the Philippine military will acquire a Russian-built helicopter. They are being procured under the air force’s Heavy-Lift Helicopter Acquisition Project as part of List 2 of Horizon 2 of the military’s modernisation programme.

Despite blogsite MaxDefense Philippines claiming a notice of award has been released, the DND ...

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