Category Archives: W-3

Sokols in action

Ten months after delivery from Poland in February, and only weeks after the second-batch of two units arrived at Clark AFB, the Sokols have been deployed to their first high profile mission in COMPOSTELA Valley in support of relief operations in the wake of typhoon Pablo. The following screen capture from an ABS-CBN report shows two W-3As deployed, indicating satisfactory completion of the testing phase of the aircraft service career in the Philippine Air Force. The helicopters are first visible at time index 00:29 of the video.

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Combat Utility Helicopter (CUH) acquisition project

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The Department of National Defense initiated the P3 billion Combat Utility Helicopter acquisition project in July 24, 2008. This acquisition was for the Philippine Air Force, but because of its amount, it fell under the responsibility of the DND Bids and Awards Committee (BAC). The project sought eight (8) utility helicopters that could, among other things, carry a crew of four, with eight passengers with a minimum payload of 3,000 lbs.

Deliveries of the first four helicopters are expected in November 2011.

The following table presents the latest official timeline for this project, as stated in the Department of National Defense Procurement Monitoring Report for July 2010. This PMR is currently available on the GPPB Website, and is open source information.

Date Activity
July 8, 2008 Pre-Procurement Conference for PAF Combat Utility Helicopter (CUH) Acquisition Project.
July 17, 2008 Publication of Invitation to Apply for Eligibility and to Bid (IAETB) at Philippine Daily Inquirer, PhilGEPS, and DND Websites
July 24, 2008 Pre-bid conference
September 5, 2008 Bid opening. Only one (1) bidder (Agusta Westland S.P.A) participated in the bid opening. However the eligibility documents of Agusta Westland were found to be patently insufficient and non-compliance, hence, eligibleDND BAC Resolution No. AFPMP-PAF-CUH-08-001. DND BAC declared Agusta Westland S.p.A ineligible and directed to conduct a re-bidding for the project
September 8, 2008 Re-bidding. Publication of IAETB at Philippine Daily Inquirer, PhilGEPS, and DND Websites
September 19, 2008 Pre-bid conference
October 9, 2008 Two (2) bidders (Agusta Westland S.p.A and PZL Swidnik) particpated in bid openingDND BAC Resolution No. AFPMP-PAF-CUH-08-002. DND BAC rated Agusta Westland as failed while PZL Swidnik was declared ineligible to bid and declared a second failure of bidding
October 17, 2008 PZL Swidnik filed a Letter for Reconsideration
December 4, 2008 DND BAC Resolution No. AFPMP-PAF-CUH-08-003. DND BAC denied the Letter for reconsideration of PZL Swidnik for lack of merit
May 20, 2009 Secretary of National Defense approved recommendation of the DND BAC for the Conduct of Negotiated Procurement
June 17 & 23, 2009 Pre-procurement conference. The Project Terms of Reference (TOR) and list of suppliers to be invited were approved by the Negotiating Committee
July 21, 2009 Pre-negotiation conference
August 28, 2009 Bid opening. Only one (1) bidder (PZL Swidnik) participated in the bid openingCUH Negotiating Committee Resolution No. AFPMP-PAF-CUH-09-003. DND BAC declared PZL Swidnik A.S. as the Single Calculated Bidder (SCB) for the said project and directed the conduct of Post-Qualification
Sept 16, 2009October 26-30, 2009 The post qualification of PZL Swidnik was done in two phases, first, the local phase and second, the foreign phase. Checking of eligibility documents issued by appropriate offices in the country and post qualification of PZL Swidnik in Poland
Nov 5, 2009 The Negotiating Committee declared Wytwornia Sprzetu komunikacyjnego “PZL Swidnik” S.A. as the Single Calculated and Responsive Bidder and recommended to the DND BAC to issue resolution for the issuance of the Notice of Award in its favorDND BAC affirmed the recommendation of CUH Negotiating Committee to declare Wytwornia Sprzetu komunikacyjnego “PZL Swidnik” S.A. as the Single Calculated and Responsive Bidder for the said project and recommended for the issuance of the Notice of Award in its favor
November 26, 2009 Issuance of Notice of Award in favor of PZL Swidnik. NOA was approved/signed by the Secretary of National Defense. Click image below to enlarge.

June 1, 2010 Contract Agreement & Issuance of Notice to Proceed. Approved/signed by SND