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Philippines to buy three naval helicopters in modernisation effort

Published on Dec 27, 2012 3:02 PM
 
Government troops stand atop of armoured personnel carriers during the celebration of the 77th founding anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Quezon city, metro Manila on Dec  21, 2012. The Philippines plans to buy three naval helicopters from an Anglo-Italian manufacturer as part of its military modernisation programme. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines said on Thursday that it would buy three naval helicopters from an Anglo-Italian manufacturer as part of its military modernisation programme amid a territorial dispute with China.

The three AW 109 "Power" helicopters from AgustaWestland will be acquired for 1.337 billion pesos (S$39.5 million) under an emergency procurement programme, the defence department said in a statement.

"The acquisition of these naval helicopters is one concrete step towards the fulfilment of our goal to modernise the Philippine Navy and our armed forces in general," Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin was quoted as saying.

He said that through this acquisition and other planned equipment purchases, the armed forces was demonstrating its intent to "secure the sovereignty of the state and the integrity of the national territory".

 
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