MANILA, -- The Department of National Defense (DND) is allocating the sum of PHP416,476,000 for the acquisition of brand-new engine unit for one of its FA-50 "Fighting Eagle" jet aircraft.
The fund for the engine will be sourced from the Philippine Air Force General Appropriations Act CY 2016.
Earlier reports claimed that the engine of one of the two operational FA-50PHs was totally destroyed after a bird strike in Clark Field, Pampanga.
The first two FA-50PHs, out of 12-plane order from Korea Aerospace Industries, was delivered last November.
Winning bidders are required to deliver the engine within 720 days upon receipt of Notice to Proceed.
They should have also completed a similar project within the last five years.
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.
While bid opening is on Oct. 25, 10:00 a.m. at the same venue.
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 engine consists of three-staged fans, seven axial stage arrangement, and an afterburner.
Its engine produces a maximum of 78.7 kN (17,700 lbf) of thrust with afterburner.
The Philippine Air Force FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle with Tail Number 002 light-interim fighter aircraft.