THE Philippine Air Force is buying spares amounting more than P15 million for repair and maintenance of one of its PZL W3-A Sokol aircraft.
An invitation to bid posted on the government website Philippine Government Electronics Procurement System (PhilGEPS) said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) through the Air Force’s Bids and Awards Committee approved the P15,936,175.00 allocation for the spares.
Col. Enrico Canaya, Air Force spokesman, said the bidding was just one of the many programming for spares.
While there are spares at Air Force warehouses, according to Canaya, it is conducting bidding on other items as part of its requirements and programming.
The Air Force has eight Sokol but one crashed in Marawi City, Lanao del Norte, in 2014.
They were acquired by the government from Poland for P2.8 billion.
Sokol is a medium-sized, twin-engined, multipurpose helicopter manufactured by PZL-widnik.