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Philippines to acquire Less Than 10 T129

The Philippine Air Force’s technical working group (TWG) has identified the combat utility and attack helicopters that have met its requirements to fulfil its capability demands.

24pilipinas.com stated that Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the TWG has recommended the Sikorsky Black Hawk for its combat utility helicopter acquisition project, while the T129 ATAK of the Turkish Aerospace Industries was selected for its attack helicopter project.

Lorenzana said the choppers, which would likely be signed early 2019, may be armed with machine guns but it will be mainly used for transporting troops and supplies.

For the attack helicopter project, Lorenzana said the Air Force TWG has expressed preference with the T129 ATAK, but they could only get “less than 10” units with their budget.

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