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Full Motion Flight Simulator Acquisition Project of the Philippine Air Force

The Philippine Air Force has opened a tender for the acquisition of a Full Motion Flight Simulator System, that could be used for multiple aircraft models in operation.

This system would help PAF pilots in easier conversion training in preparation of flying the 3 types of aircraft, while also providing savings and a higher safety factor for the PAF by using a simulator system instead of the actual aircraft.

The tender, which was first raised in late 2013, although several tender failures pushed the project until 2016. The project was earlier awarded to an American company but the contract was cancelled due to failure by the contractor to deliver the simulator system.

It was only in 2020 that the project was restarted, although delays continue to affect the project.

The project remains as one of the last Horizon 1 phase priority project that has not been completed even when Horizon 2 phase is already nearing its end.

A Bell 412 simulator system, this specific model from FlightSafety. Photo credits to Aviation Pros.

Project Summaries:

Full Motion Flight Simulator Acquisition Project

Note: edit as of 22 January 2021


* End User: Philippine Air Force (Air Education and Training Command)

Quantity: 1 unit with 2 cockpits (AgustaWestland AW109P and Bell 412EP)

* Modernization Phase: Horizon 1 Phase of RAFPMP


* Project ABC: Php246,000,000.00


Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding 


* Source of Funding: GAA Funds through AFP Modernization Program Trust Fund


* SARO Release: TBA


* Winning Proponent: TBA

Product for Delivery: TBA

* Contract Price: TBA

* First post by MaxDefense: 06 February 2015

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag/s: #PAFFMFSAcquisition


Status: First tendered in 2013, and was awarded to Environmental Tectronics Corp. USA on 18 March 2016. The contract was cancelled in 2018 after Environmental Tectronics failed to deliver the flight simulator system. Project restarted on September 2020, but tender failed as of December 2020.

Examples of Full Motion Flight Simulator, shown are specifically for Bell helicopters. Photo credits to Aviation Today.

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Flight Simulator Support Facility Acquisition Project

Note: edit as of 14 February 2021

* End User: Philippine Air Force (Air Education and Training Command)

Quantity: 1 lot

* Modernization Phase: 2nd List of Horizon 1 Phase of RAFPMP


* Project ABC: Php14,263,600.00


Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding 


* Source of Funding: GAA Funds through AFP Modernization Program Trust Fund


* SARO Release: TBA


* Winning Proponent: TBA

Product for Delivery: TBA

* Contract Price: TBA

* First post by MaxDefense: 28 August 2015

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag/s: #PAFFSSFAcquisition


Status: First tendered in 2017, and was awarded to Environmental Tectronics Corp. USA in 2018. The contract was cancelled in 2018 after Environmental Tectronics failed to deliver the flight simulator system, which is tied to this project. No project restart was made yet by the PAF, which may only be waiting for the Full Motion Flight Simulator to be awarded first.

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Overview:

To improve its training capabilities especially for new aircraft models, as well as reducing reliance on actual aircraft for conversion training, the Philippine Air Force embarked on acquiring a Full Motion Flight Simulator System for conversion trainings for the Bell 412EP and AgustaWestland AW109E helicopters, as well as the Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport aircraft.

In 2013, the budget was originally set at Php252,000,000.00 to allow for 3 aircraft models.

To support the Full Motion Flight Simulator, a separate project for the construction of a new facility to house the system was also made under the Flight Simulator Support Facility Project.

A public bidding was held for Full Motion Flight Simulator in early 2014, although the project encountered failed biddings and several delays that pushed the project to its last tender attempt in 2015.

The project was awarded to US-based company Environmental Tectronics Corporation, with a Notice of Award (NOA) given on 18 March 2016. A contract worth Php246,000,000.00 was  signed with the Department of National Defense (DND) a few months later, with the project expected to be completed by May 2018.

The Flight Simulator Support Facility Acquisition Project was also awarded to Environmental Tectronics Corporation in early 2018, which allows for ease in design since the company is the one supplying the flight simulator and knows the facility requirements well.

But for still unknown reasons except for information that Environmental Tectronics is not able to fulfil its contract obligations, the contract was cancelled sometime between late 2018 and 2019. Because of this, Environmental Tectronics Corp. was blacklisted from joining tenders for the Philippine government for a certain number of years.

In 2020, the Philippine Air Force and DND brought back the tender for the Full Motion Flight Simulator, but with revised technical specifications and budget. This time, the simulator system only requires to be compatible for 2 aircraft - the Bell 412EP and the AgustaWestland AW109E helicopters. Also, the budget was reduced to just Php246,000,000.00, or the same value as the cancelled contract with Environmental Tectronics Corp.


New requirement for Full Motion Flight Simulator System only requires compatibility to train on AgustaWestland AW109 (top) and Bell 412 (above) helicopters, both in service with the PAF. Photo credits to original sources.

The reduced budget was due to the funds released by the Department of Budget & Management (DBM) already based on the contract amount. Requesting for additional funds may take some time and will further delay the project.

According to sources of our parent page MaxDefense Philippines, the PAF decided to remove the requirement for the simulator system to allow flight training on C-130H Hercules, which is said would become a separate flight simulator project in the future together with a requirement for flight simulators for the Airbus C-295M and PTDI NC-212i Aviocar.

The latest retender for the project, which was scheduled for Submission and Opening of Bid Envelopes (SOBE) last September 2020, ended in bidding failure based on PhilGEPS website's status for the project. It remains to be seen what the DND and PAF would do considering no notices were released as of 14 February 2021.

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14 February 2021:

PhilGEPS reported that the Full Motion Flight Simulator Acquisition Project of the Philippine Air Force was "Failed" as of its last update last 22 December 2020.

So far, the DND and PAF has not released any new Invitation for Bidding. This is so far the first failed bidding since the project was re-started in 2020, although depending on interpretation of RA10349 and RA9184, there is possibility that the DND and PAF may resort to negotiated procurement due to the number of failed biddings for this project.

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First edit and release: 13 February 2021
Copyright MaxDefense Philippines / Philippine Defense Resource

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