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Philippine Air Force: we need the power of a helicopter like Mi-17

It seems that the previously voiced readiness of Moscow to donate one Mi-17 helicopter in the VIP version to Manila was a good incentive to attract the attention of the Philippines to this model.

The military leadership of the country has already expressed their attitude to the rotorcraft of the indicated type. As explained by the spokesman for the Ministry of Defense Arsenio Andolong, the local Air Force is in dire need of a helicopter with a large payload, which will be used to carry out tasks to provide humanitarian assistance and eliminate the consequences of natural disasters.

In accordance with the independent foreign policy of the government and taking into account the need to purchase the best helicopter on the most favorable conditions, the technical working group involved in this project carefully studied the available platforms offered by several countries that could meet the technical requirements of the Air Force

- Andolong explained.

According to him, the initial results of the study show that the Mi-17 is well suited to create a fleet of heavy helicopters, because "it is powerful enough to transport fully equipped soldiers around 34 or raise a howitzer." When dealing with disasters, the potential inherent in it is precisely what is needed.

As the spokeswoman pointed out, in order to make a final decision on supplies (we are talking about 16 units), the consent of the Minister of Defense Delfin Lorenzan, who is currently absent in the country, is necessary.

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  1. Nevsky_ZU
    Nevsky_ZU 3 October 2019 16: 26
    Sounds like a caveat, where is the "but"?
    1. maxim947
      maxim947 3 October 2019 16: 27
      quote] we need the power of a helicopter like the Mi-17 [/ quote]
      If you need it, take it, what's the question?))
      1. lucul
        lucul 3 October 2019 16: 40
        If you need it, take it, what's the question?))

        They need a look.
        Roughly speaking - glass beads.
      2. armata_armata
        armata_armata 3 October 2019 17: 08
        If you need it, take it, what's the question?))

        One more waiting for a freebie
    2. Leeds
      Leeds 3 October 2019 17: 28
      Quote: Nevsky_ZU
      Sounds like a caveat, where is the "but"?

      But for free
  2. Thrifty
    Thrifty 3 October 2019 16: 50
    And we need money for them. So, the "chairs" are ready, even in the morning or in the evening we will deliver only the money. ..
    SERGEY SERGEEVICS 3 October 2019 16: 50
    Philippine Air Force: we need the power of a helicopter like Mi-17
    In this regard, there are no problems at all, let them buy and it will be both power and strength.
  4. Ros 56
    Ros 56 3 October 2019 16: 56
    Strongly, the first time I saw such a trick with the immersion of the chassis in the water. Well done helicopter pilots. good
    1. dauria
      dauria 3 October 2019 17: 13
      Well done helicopter pilots.

      Yeah, all that’s left is to shake out the water from the ARK-9 antenna cowl on the belly. laughing
      1. Piramidon
        Piramidon 3 October 2019 22: 47
        If you look carefully, the water fairing is not touched.
        1. dauria
          dauria 4 October 2019 01: 02
          If you look carefully,

          Come on, you can’t laugh anymore. It can be seen - the doors were removed, the door was opened just in case. Prepared in advance for this trick. Surely the drainage holes from the bottom were sealed with sealant or at least tsiatim. And this is the MT-cabinet, and there is the ARK-15, the frame is fixed, tightly screwed in - it’s not scary.
          But we once had the front pillar in the belly "retracted" (they got into the hole while taxiing). So the commander managed to pull up the car and carefully put it on a pile of old tires. But the blades almost "rowed" on the ground in front of the muzzle.
  5. cniza
    cniza 3 October 2019 17: 26
    As the spokeswoman pointed out, in order to make a final decision on supplies (we are talking about 16 units), the consent of the Minister of Defense Delfin Lorenzan, who is currently absent in the country, is necessary.

    How fast they are.
  6. Nycomed
    Nycomed 3 October 2019 17: 34
    Ay, well done! They safely forgot about the "rake" ... And to hell with him! The Russian Federation has a lot of money ...
  7. kit88
    kit88 3 October 2019 17: 46
    Some seem to want to buy, while others have goods in stock. It seemed no problem - take it.
    And the problem is that those whose job it is customary to distort when writing in various variations should come into play here. Managers
    Otherwise, some cunning French sales agent will feed the Filipinos with French noodles, and they will buy not the Mi-17 at all, but the Airbus Helicopters H225M.
    We do not live in the USSR, dear. Capitalism. To do a little. We must also be able to sell.
    1. donavi49
      donavi49 3 October 2019 18: 34
      The problem is that they chose a budget and closed this position. They initially needed 16 helicopters (or rather, they approved the purchase) - they as soon as the money passed, they immediately signed a contract, in the summer. It is executed and the advance payment is transferred. For another 16 helicopters, additional funding and justification are needed.

      Asia Pacific Defense Journal | June 5, 2019
      The Philippines' Department of National Defense (DND) signed a contract worth US $ 241.4 million with Lockheed Martin's Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec to deliver 16 units of Sikorsky's S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters for the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
  8. Ironcity
    Ironcity 3 October 2019 18: 03
    Raising a howitzer is, of course, the main need for humanitarian aid and the elimination of natural disasters laughing
    1. Evil echo
      Evil echo 3 October 2019 18: 10
      Sometimes the current is a howitzer and you can eliminate "disasters" am
    2. donavi49
      donavi49 3 October 2019 18: 37
      The Philippines is strong in hindsight, like so many. However, here - everything was missing, from tanks to Mi-8. Only the infantry dragged from other islands dragged + they have traditionally strong and well-equipped infantry for fighting (many PPE, strong squads with 2 grenade launcher + 1 machine gun + 1 Marxman).

  9. parkello
    parkello 3 October 2019 18: 27
    The Philippines is a poor country. Can they pay the cost of aviation? even half of the mentioned machines are doing the weather for them, especially after strengthening the position of the Islamists. they, too, are not of the same faith-nation ... some of them are Catholics, many Muslims and other religions, from Buddhism to Hinduism and the country is very poor. but the people there are good, I know many from there. Friends are very loyal. I don’t know what they will pay, but since they expressed what they need, they will buy everything for which there is enough money for anyone.
  10. APASUS
    APASUS 3 October 2019 19: 22
    At first they made a contract for the supply of helicopters with the Americans, and now dances are starting around, what's the point?
  11. Astronaut
    Astronaut 3 October 2019 23: 07
    As for the video: it would be more spectacular if the pinwheel passed under the bridge with the audience fellow