Philippines Defence Ministry rejects long-range patrol aircraft proposals
The Philippines Department of National Defence (DND) has rejected all of the bids submitted by the global aircraft manufacturers for the supply of two long-range patrol aircraft to the national air force.
All of the seven proposals were declared 'ineligible' by the Special Bids and Awards Committee 1 (SBAC-1) following 12 hours of the bidding session and a series of executive meetings in Camp Aguinaldo, according to media reports.
Israel-based Elta Systems and Elbit Systems cleared the initial documentary requirements but failed to address the technical specifications set out by the DND.
SBAC-1 chairman Defence Undersecretary Fernando Manalo was quoted by The STAR as saying: "Both proponents did not include in their proposal the fast-moving items and consumables in the list of minimum deliverables."
Other companies that were disqualified from the PHP5.9bn ($136.3m) project included EADS/CASA Airbus Defense and Space, Saab Asia Pacific, PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Indonesian Aerospace, Lockheed Martin and L3 Mission Integration.
However, SBAC-1 gave three days to disqualified firms to submit pleas for reconsideration and will hold another round of bidding if none of the motions for reconsideration are granted.
Field Aviation, Raytheon and Arinc Aerospace also expressed interest in joining the bidding but did not submit proposals.
Funded by the Revised Armed Forces Modernization Program approved in 2012, the project aims to enhance the Philippines' maritime domain awareness.
The winning bidder should deliver the aircraft within 1,035 days from the receipt of notice, which will pave the way for the implementation of the contract.