Despite the fact that Russia has offered the Philippines a contract at a lower price, Manila will purchase 16 Black Hawk helicopters from the American Corporation Sikorsky Aircraft.
Because of the sanctions that the US imposed against Russia, the Philippines was chosen as supplier 16 American helicopters Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. About it December 7, reports the news Agency Reuters, citing a statement by the Minister of defense of Philippines Dolphin Lorenzana. According to him, the deal will amount to 240 million dollars.
The signing of the contract for the purchase of Black Hawk helicopters is expected to occur in early 2019 despite the fact that Russia has offered the Philippines a helicopter at a lower price. “But because of U.S. sanctions is very difficult to pay” to the Russian manufacturer, said Lorenzana in an interview with reporters at the ongoing Manila security forum.
Deal of the Philippines with Canada fell through
Initially, the Philippines was planning to buy multipurpose helicopters Bell 142 Canada, but the deal fell through in February because of fears of Ottawa that the technique can be used to fight the rebels. After that Manila was considering various options, including the model S-70 Sikorsky Aircraft, Russian Mi-171, the South Korean Surion and AW 139 Italian manufacturer Agusta Westland.
The Philippines plan in the next five years to spend on upgrading its military equipment a total of more than $ 5 billion. In particular, in 2019, Manila plans to acquire up to ten military helicopters.
Russia is the second largest exporter of arms in the world. In 2017, the President of the United States Donald trump has signed a law that envisages the introduction of the January 2018 punitive measures against customers of Russian defense enterprises. It was a response to the alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election in 2016.
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