THE Department of National Defense (DND) has opened the bidding for a P5.4-billion contract to supply the Philippine Navy with anti-submarine helicopters.
Defense Undersecretary Natalio Ecarma 3rd, chairman of the DND-Bids and Awards Committee, said on Friday the budget for the project has been approved under the Medium-Term Development Capability Plan.
“The DND invites sealed bids for the acquisition of two anti-submarine helicopters with munitions, mission essential equipment and integrated logistics supports for the Philippine Navy,” Ecarma said.
Under the terms of the contract, the winning bidder must deliver the aircraft within 730 days or two years and 17 days from the time of the awarding.
Participating supplier firms, Ecarma pointed out, must also be the manufacturers of anti-submarine helicopters.
The aircraft must be used by the armed forces of the country of origin or by the armed forces of at least two other countries.
The bidding will be in two stages using non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified under the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.
The DND will hold the first stage pre-bid conference on October 7.
The date for the second bidding will be announced later.
Ecarma said bids would be opened in the presence of bidders’ representatives who choose to attend.
Earlier, the Defense department invested P11 billion for two long-range patrol aircraft and six close-air support planes, which the Philippine Air Force will use to patrol the country’s territorial boundaries.
In March, it awarded a P18.9-billion contract to Korea Aerospace Industries for the supply of 12 FA-50 training fighter jets and another P4.8 billion for eight utility helicopters from the Canadian Commercial Corp.
The FA-50s are scheduled for delivery in September next year.
As of January, the government had spent a total of P41.2 billion for the military’s modernization program.