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04 December 2012 By Alexis Romero – Pacific Sentinel.
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has lost an opportunity to acquire 10 attack helicopters from France, a defense official said recently.
Department of National Defense (DND) spokesman Peter Galvez said the 10 attack helicopters initially offered by a French firm are no longer available.
The helicopters had been re-offered to Pakistan by the time the DND was given permission to acquire them through negotiations.
“The helicopters were produced for Pakistan. However, Pakistan had some problems with procurement so the helicopters were opened to the market,” Galvez told The STAR.
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“We had planned to acquire the helicopters and had to clarify some questions (by agencies overseeing the procurement). By the time we were allowed to acquire the helicopters, Pakistan had initiated some moves to rework the procurement,” he added.
These developments prompted French firm Eurocopter to offer the helicopters again to Pakistan.
Read the full story at The Philippine Star