Philippine Air Force FA-50

Philippine Air Force FA-50PH Jet Gas Turbine Generator Procurement

MANILA – The Department of National Defense (DND) is allocating the sum of PHP75,049,000 for the acquisition of one set of gas turbine generator for its brand-new FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” jet fighters.

The procurement will be funded from the Philippine Air Force General Appropriations Act CY 2016.

Prospective Bidders should have completed, within the last five years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the project.

The Philippines ordered 12 FA-50PH from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) worth PHP18.9 billion in 2014.

The design mainly derived from F-16 “Fighting Falcon,” and they have many similarities: use of a single engine, speed, size, cost, and the range of weapons.

The FA-50PH uses a single General Electric F404-102 turbofan engine license-produced by Samsung Techwin, upgraded with a full authority digital engine control system jointly developed by General Electric and Korean Aerospace Industries.

The first two units arrived last November 2015 with the remaining 10 to be delivered by 2016 and 2017.

The FA-50PHs has a top speed of Mach 1.5 and is capable of being fitted air-to-air missiles, including light automatic cannons.

It acts as country’s interim fighter until the Philippines get enough experience of operating advanced jet.

The DND Bids and Awards Committee will hold a pre-bid conference on Oct. 13, 10:00 a.m. at the DND BAC Conference Room, basement left wing, DND Building, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Bid opening is on Oct. 25, 10:00 a.m. at the same venue.