15 Juli 2017
A-29 Super Tucano (photo : Joshua Fuller)
“Post Qualification inspections on Embraer are now ongoing in Brazil after the aircraft manufacturer was declared the single lowest compliant bidder for the Philippine Air Force’s Close Air Support Aircraft acquisition under the Revised AFP Modernization Program Horizon 1 phase,” MaxDefense Philippines said in its social networking page.
MaxDefense added that being the only compliant bidder, Embraer should pass this process to avoid further delays in the project.
PAF OV-10 with Paveway smart bomb (photo : defenseph)
The said project, Close Air Support Aircraft Acquisition Project for the Philippine Air Force, already faced several delays in the past years.
“Embraer was determined as the lowest calculated bidder for the Close Air Support Project, but they still have to undergo and pass the post-qualification inspection to be awarded the contract,” the Department of National Defense (DND) told Update Philippines last month.
PAF OV-10 pilot with Paveway badge (photo : defenseph)
Post-qualification inspection includes the checking of manufacturer’s facilities and the aircraft offered which is the A-29 Super Tucano.
The said project will acquire six close air support aircraft to replace/complement the Air Force’s Rockwell OV-10 “Bronco” turboprop attack planes.