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Additional Light Lift Aircraft Acquisition Project of the Philippine Air Force

As part of efforts to improve the transport and logisitics capability of the Philippine Air Force in all levels, the service has raised a requirement for additional light lift aircraft to be procured as part of the 2nd List of Horizon 2 phase of the Revised AFP Modernization Program in 2018.

The Additional Light Lift Aircraft Acquisition Project will allow the procurement of 6 new light lift transport aircraft with short take-off and landing capabilities, which would allow operations from short airfields, and can be utilized as a transport aircraft for cargo and people, as a utility aircraft, surveillance aircraft and other missions.

One of the PAF's NC-212i Aviocar aircraft. Additional aircraft are planned under this project. Photo credits to PTV News.

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Project Summary:

Additional Light Lift Aircraft Acquisition Project:

Note: Edited as of 19 November 2022.

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

* Quantity: 6 units plus ILS package

* Modernization Phase: 2nd List of Horizon 2 Phase Projects of RAFPMP

* Project ABC: Php4,160,000,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Government-to-Government (G2G) deal with the Indonesian Ministry of Defence

* Source of Funding: Multi-Year Contractual Authority for 3 years, using General Appropriations Act (GAA) starting FY2023

* SARO Release: TBA

* Winning Proponent: TBC, expected to be PT Dirgantara Indonesia 

* Product for Delivery: TBC, expected to be NC-212i Aviocar

* Contract Price:
 TBC

* Residual Price: TBC

* First post by MaxDefense: 03 July 2019

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag:
 #PAFBrandNewC130JAcquisition

* Status: This project was included under 2nd List of Horizon 2 due to increasing need for light lift capability to replace its ageing fleet of N-22B/C Nomad aircraft. Since the PAF already operate the NC-212i, it was decided to pursue additional aircraft under a G2G deal with Indonesia. The project was moved several times from its original plan of 2019 due to lack of funding, COVID-19 pandemic fund realignment, and others. Its initial funding was now included under FY2023 defense budget.

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Overview:

The Philippine Air Force acquired two NC-212i Aviocar light lift aircraft from Indonesia's PT Dirgantara Indonesia as part of the Light Lift Aircraft Acquisition Program as part of the AFP Modernization Program's Phase 3 from 2006-2012.

The aircraft were ordered in 2014 but were delayed from its original delivery date of September 2015 due to changes made on the autopilot system that resulted to major requirements and re-approvals from international aviation authorities that led to the delivery to be made only by 2018.

Two NC-212i during induction to service in 2018. Photo credits to Frances Mangosing / Inquirer.net.

The delay placed PTDI under a 5-year blacklist of the DND's procurement system, but this was cancelled as the delivery problem was not their fault. But within those period, the PAF was able to fully utilize its two NC-212i Aviocar aircraft without any problems, resulting to the recommendation for repeat orders rather than re-tendering projects for additional aircraft.


It was proposed in 2018 to procure an additional 6 aircraft to replace the 5 remaining N-22B/C Nomad light aircraft still operated by the PAF in the light lift role.

One of the PAF's 5 remaining N-22 Nomad aircraft. Photo credits to PAF.

The announcement for such plan was made on July 2019 as part of the PAF's 72nd Founding Anniversary, and MaxDefense Philippines was able to confirm that the project was part of the 2nd List of Horizon 2 phase.

An initial funding worth Php1,372,800,000.00 or around 1/3 of the total project budget was suppose to be allocated by FY2020 GAA, but the money was realigned to COVID-19 pandemic response by the government. It was attempted to be funded again under FY2021 and FY2022 but attempts failed due to numerous projects affected by the lack of funding from previous years.

Currently it was said the project is now among those to be funded by the GAA for AFP Modernization Program for FY2023, so it is now expected for a deal to be closed between the Philippines and Indonesia by 2023.

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U P D A T E S:
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16 November 2022:

MaxDefense Philippines confirmed that among those lined up for procurement that is being prepared is the Additional Light Lift Aircraft Acquistion Project, once DND Officer in Charge Senior USEc Jose Faustino Jr becomes the agency's Secretary within November 2022.

The project was confirmed to be among those lined up for funding as part of the FY2023 defense budget.

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First edit and release: 19 November 2022
Copyright MaxDefense Philippines / Philippine Defense Resource



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