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PH to buy 6 attack jets from Brazil at P4.9 B

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The Department of National Defense (DND) has selected Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer Defense and Security as the supplier of its six brand-new close-air support aircraft (CASA) which has a contract price of P4,968,000,000.

This was confirmed by Arsenio Andolong, DND Public Affairs Office chief, who said the company will be supplying its turboprop A-29 “Super Tucano” light attack aircraft.

He added that the notice to proceed has been issued sometime this week.

“Yes. A Notice to Proceed for the supply and delivery of six close air support aircraft has been transmitted to and received by Embraer Defense and Security,” Andolong said when sought for confirmation if indeed the contract was bagged by Embraer.

“The aircraft that was selected after a rigorous public bidding process that was participated in by several manufacturers from different countries was the Super Tucano A-29, which is compliant with the stringent technical specifications required by the PAF (Philippine Air Force),” he added.

Andolong said the contract is now being crafted for signing by DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

In Brazil, Embraer said on Thursday that the delivery for the order made by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) will start in 2019.

The six brand-new CASA is expected to augment or even replace the eight or 10 ageing Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco” attack planes being used by the PAF in close-air support missions.

Funds will be sourced from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act Trust Fund.

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