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Attack Helicopter (Horizon 2) Acquisition Project of the Philippine Air Force

The TAI T129 ATAK attack helicopter, originally selected by the PAF and DND until supply issues and CAATSA sanctions that may arise due to Turkey's feud with NATO and the US forced DND and PAF to cancel negotiations.

Project Summary:

Attack Helicopter (Horizon 2)Acquisition Project:

Note: Edited as of 29 June 2019.

* End User: Philippine Air Force (15th Strike Wing)

Quantity: no specific quantity, cost dependent

* Modernization Phase:
 Horizon 2 Phase of RAFPMP

* Project ABC:

Acquisition Mode: Government-to-Government deal, originally with Turkish Ministry of Defense (cancelled)

* Source of Funding: GAA Funds through AFP Modernization Program Trust Fund, to be paid via Multi-Year Obligation Authority (MYOA) process.

* SARO Release/s: 

* Winning Proponent: TBA

Product for Delivery: TBA

* Contract Price: TBA

* First post by MaxDefense: TBA

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PAFAHAcquisition 

* Status: for re-evaluation by PAF TWG after deal with Turkish Ministry of Defense and TAI fell through.

U P D A T E S:



29 June 2019:

MaxDefense released a blog entry discussing the delays in the Attack Helicopter Acquisition Project due to negotiations between Turkey and the Philippines for the TAI T129 ATAK attack helicopter falling through. 

CAATSA has been a contributing factor for this, and the Philippines has become an indirect victim due to Turkey's feud with NATO and the US government over their decisions and dealings with Russia.

More information can be found on the new blog entry, which can be accessed through our main website page, or through the link provided below:

"Purchase of T129 ATAK Falls Through, What's Next for the Attack Helicopter project of PAF?" - first posted 29 June 2019.

The T129 ATAK attack helicopter. Credits to original source of the photo.



First edit and release: 29 June 2019
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  1. would it be possible the Original Copy... will be consider by PAF.. The Agusta A129 Mangusta???

  2. sir Max, is there any update if PAF is looking for other type to consider as replacement of the T129?


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