US Approves Apache & Viper Attack Helicopter to the Philippines

The Philippine government under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte will add air assets for the improvement of the country's Armed Forces after the US State Department has approved the potential sale of two different attack chopper to the Philippines.


The US State Department said that the Philippines was cleared to buy six AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and related equipment, produced by Bell Helicopters.



The AZ-1Z Viper attack helicopters and related equipment is worth with an estimated cost of $1.5 billion.

“The Philippines is considering either the AH-1Z or the AH-64E to modernize its attack helicopter capabilities,” according to a notification posted to the website of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). “The proposed sale will assist the Philippines in developing and maintaining strong self-defense, counter-terrorism, and critical infrastructure protection capabilities.”

DSCA notifications are not final sales; once cleared by the US Congress, the sales enter negotiations, during which quantities and costs can shift.

In this case, the choice of either American-made platforms is not guaranteed.

Aside from the Apache and Viper Attack Chopper, the Philippines is also considering the Turkish-made T129 ATAK.



Should the Philippines select the AH-1Z package, it would come with 14 General Electric T700-401C engines, seven Honeywell Embedded Global Positioning Systems/Inertial Navigation with Precise Positioning Service, six AGM-114 Hellfire II missiles, and 26 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System all-up rounds, among other equipment.

The AH-64E package would come with 18 General Electric T700-701D engines, 15 Honeywell Embedded Global Positioning Systems/Inertial Navigation with Precise Positioning Service, 200 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, 300 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System kits, and 200 FIM-92H Stinger missiles, among other gear, equipment, U.S. government and contractor technical assistance, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.



Source: Defense News

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