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Pres. Duterte to Acquire 24 Brand-New Attack Helicopters for the Military

The tough-talking President of the Philippines, Pres. Rody Duterte will acquire a total of 24 brand-new attack helicopters for the military to support the government troops engagement in fighting the terrorists and other lawless elements.



No less than the Department of National Defense (DND) confirmed the plans of Pres. Duterte to acquire attack heliciopters as DND Public Affairs office Chief Arsenio Andolong confirmed the news article which was broke out to the media by the Philippine News Agency.

The DND Public Affairs Office Chief was quoted as saying "We have programmed procurement of 24 attack helicopters under the Second Horizon of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program. We are awaiting for the final approval of the Office of the President on the RAFPMP Second Horizon,” he added.

Although the projec proposal of acquiring 24 brand-new attack helicopters for the military has no approved budget for contract year, but the Duterte admin are using all the available resouces in the government to push through the said project.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in a recent visit to the Army General Hospital in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, told wounded troops that the time for second equipment and armament is now a thing of the past.

There, he told soldiers present that his administration is planning to acquire at least 23 attack helicopters to help troops in defeating terrorists and other local threats.

The Revised AFP Modernization Program (RAFPMP) is divided into three horizeons, with the first lasting from 2013 to 2017, the second from 2018 to 2022 and third 2023 to 2028.

During the First Horizon, the Philippines acquired three Gregorio Del Pilar cutters, three Combat Utility Helicopters for the Navy, two naval attack helicopters, six MPACs (multi-purpose assault craft), eigth combat utility helicopters for the Air Force and refurbishmennt of two Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo planes. The

Second Horizon calls for the acquisition of equipment more attuned to external defense missions, including jet fighters and other air assets and missile systems.

Source: PNA

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