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Mixed results for Philippine maritime surveillance

25th July 2017 - 10:22 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The Philippine Air Force’s (PAF) second quest to acquire a pair of maritime patrol aircraft met with failure on 21 July when all contenders were disqualified for various reasons.

Three companies submitted bids by the 30 June deadline: Elbit Systems from Israel, PAL Aerospace from Canada and PT Dirgantara from Indonesia. The latter was offering the CN-235-220 MPA, as used by the Indonesian Navy (pictured above).

The reason for the tender’s failure is not immediately clear but the $120 million budget allocated by the Department of National Defense (DND) is a major factor. The peso is currently weak against

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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