The Philippines is seeking to buy heavy-lift Chinook helicopters from the United States. According to Manila’s envoy to Washington, it canceled a transaction worth 12.7 billion pesos ($227.35 million) with Russia in order to escape American penalties.
Manila is nearing the conclusion of a 300 billion pesos, five-year modernization of its military equipment. According to Romualdez, Washington is open to negotiating a contract for the amount the Philippines was planning to spend on the Russian helicopters, and the agreement will probably cover maintenance, repair, and parts.
The delivery of the helicopters, which were to begin in November of next year, or 24 months after the contract was inked, was meant to begin with a $38 million down payment from the Philippines. The Philippines is nearing completion of a 300 billion pesos, five-year project to update its outmoded military equipment, which includes Second World War cruisers and Vietnam War-era American helicopters.