Philippines wants to buy 23 attack helicopters.
MANILA, Philippines – To boost the military's capability against suppress rebellion, President Rodrigo Duterte says the government will acquire 23 attack helicopters in 2018.
“Meron tayong acquisition na 23 attack helicopters, ‘yun suficiente na ‘yan for a… ‘yung mga rebellion-rebellion (We have an acquisition of 23 attack helicopters. That’s sufficient for rebellions.)” said Duterte on Tuesday, November 21.
He was giving a speech in front of 26 soldiers wounded in various encounters, mostly in Marawi. He conferred upon them the Order of Lapu-Lapu and gave them P100,000 each.
Duterte said he will soon ask military officials to fly to different countries to negotiate for the purchase of defense equipment.
“I will ask military officials to go to different places to negotiate immediately,” said Duterte.
He said the Philippine government can go for affordable loans, if it will not be possible to get the equipment for free.
“If we’ll have a hard time asking for it, because it’s embarrassing also to always ask, let’s get a soft loan, payable in 25 years,” said the President in a mix of English and Filipino.
The Philippines will get the new equipment “maybe next year,” he added.
Duterte again promised to only get new equipment for the military and police, instead of second-hand purchases.
“Everything I will buy for you, all will be new. None of the purchases during my time, for the Armed Forces and police, will be second-hand,” said Duterte.
Newly made (not second hand) and stated purpose for "rebellions". So no Apache. Unfortunately I don't think Japan has anything to offer unless they can quickly whip up a version of the OH-1 with a gun and a pair of rocket pods, but somehow, I can't imagine them doing it on short notice.
So, what are the options?