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Minor Mobility Projects of the Philippine Air Force under the AFPMP Capability Upgrade Program

Due to the numerous minor projects involved in the AFP Modernization Program's Capability Upgrade Program of the Philippine Air Force and all other branch services, Philippine Defense Resource decided to combine them to resources pages based on their classification according to Department of National Defense (DND) official documents.

In this case, we focus on Minor Mobility Projects under the AFPMP Capability Upgrade Program of the Philippine Air Force, which are projects classified under Mobility Projects that are less than Php100 million (approx US$2 million) in value.

The project names would still be individually listed in the MaxDefense Philippines' AFP & PCG Modernization Resource Portals and on Philippine Defense Resource's List of Modernization Projects, but will be linked into each of the grouped resource pages of each branch service. Philippine Defense Resource will follow numbering based on its listing from DND documents.




3. F27-500 Aircraft Acquisition


The project involves the acquisition of a refurbished Fokker F27-500 Friendship turboprop aircraft, which would be used for troop and cargo transport which includes and may occasionally be used for other purposes including transport of military and defense leaders, and for maritime patrol and surveillance. The aircraft would be assigned with the PAF's 220th Airlift Wing, which handles all fixed wing cargo and mobility assets of the Philippine Air Force.

This was decided as the PAF already operates the Fokker F27 Friendship family of aircraft, being proficient on the type as it has been operating these aircraft since 1959.

The project was acquired via Negotiated Procurement and had an Approved Budget for Contract (ABC) worth Php95,000,000.00. 2 companies submitted their offers, and AeroGlobe Limited Inc. was declared the Lowest Calculated and Responsive Bid on 29 September 2005. This allowed the Notice of Award to be released in favour of AeroGlobe Limited Inc on 17 October 2005.

For some reason, the AeroGlobe Limited Inc's offer was said to be originally at Php91,200,000.00, but this has changed to Php90,500,000.00 during the contract approval.

The delivery of the aircraft, with tail number 10669 was reported by the DND to have been completed as of September 2006.

The Fokker F27-500 Friendship aircraft with tail number 10669, which was the specific aircraft acquired under this project. Photo credits to Ian San Gabriel through Jetphotos.com.

Project Summary:

Fokker F27-500 Aircraft Acquisition Project:

Note: Edited as of 02 April 2023.

* End User: Philippine Air Force (220th Airlift Wing)

* Quantity: 1 refurbished Fokker F27-500 aircraft

* Modernization Phase: Capability Upgrade Program of the AFP Modernization Program (RA 7898)

* Project ABC: Php90,500,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Negotiated Procurement

* Source of Funding: GAA Funds through AFP Modernization Program Trust Fund

* Winning Proponent: AeroGlobe Limited Inc.

* Product Delivered: 1 refurbished Fokker F27-500 Friendship aircraft

* Contract Price: Php90,500,000.00

* Residual Difference (Savings): Php00.00

* Status: Unknown quantity received by Philippine Army, although it is expected to be more than what was received by the Philippine Marines. Product delivery completed as of July 2008. PROJECT COMPLETED.

N O T E S:

02 April 2023:

Upon research, here are some details about F27-500 t/n 10669

* The aircraft was delivered by Fokker on June 18, 1984 to Australian regional airline East West Airlines, with the aircraft readied for operation by 10 August 1984.

* It operated with East West Airlines until it was transferred to UK-based regional airliner Jersey European Airways in 1990, which operated the aircraft until 1999.

* It was again transferred American charter airline Sky Trek International Airlines on March 2000, but the airline filed for bankruptcy on the same year, when it was later transferred to UK-based cargo airline BAC Express Airlines on October 2020. It did not stay too long and again was transferred to Irish short haul airline Euroceltic Airways by February 2001.

* It is not clear on when the aircraft ceased operations with Euroceltic Airways, but by June 2005, open sources reported that it was delivered to the Philippine Air Force. The gap between June 2005 until it was considered completed on September 2006 may have included time to prepare it for military aviation service.

* Fokker F27-500 t/n 10669 is currently the youngest" F27 Friendship aircraft in the Philippine Air Force service, considering the oldest F27 the PAF ever had is still in service as well, F27-200 with t/n 59-0259 which was delivered to the PAF back in 1959!


4. UH-1H (EDA) Support Acquisition / Upgrade Project


The project involves the costs involved in support of the acquisition and upgrade of UH-1H helicopters acquired by the Philippine Air Force via Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program of the United States Department of Defense.

Not much is known about the procurement process of the project, who the bidders were and who won the project contract, and the project's Approved Budget of Contract (ABC).

As of the moment, we only know that this project exists, and that it was worth Php8,630,000.00, and was completed on May 2007.

It is believed that this project included logistics support (shipping and delivery from determined points like pier to airbase, and other logistics requirements.

It is believed that this project involves logistics support and handling of delivery of UH-1H Huey helicopters. Photo for representation only, credits to CONTACT magazine.

Project Summary:

UH-1H (EDA) Support Acquisition/Upgrade Project:

Note: Edited as of 02 April 2023.

* End User: Philippine Air Force (205th Tactical Helicopter Wing)

* Quantity: 1 lot

* Modernization Phase: Capability Upgrade Program of the AFP Modernization Program (RA 7898)

* Project ABC: Unknown, TBC

* Acquisition Mode: Unknown, TBC

* Source of Funding: GAA Funds through AFP Modernization Program Trust Fund

* Winning Proponent: Unknown, TBC

* Product for Delivery: Services involved to support UH-1H acquisition and upgrade.

* Contract Price: Php8,630,000.00

* Residual Difference (Savings): Unknown, TBC.

* Status: Services delivery completed as of May 2007. PROJECT COMPLETED.



First edit and release: 02 April 2023
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