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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The Philippines has officially canceled the contract to purchase 16 Russian military transport helicopters for the Philippine air force due to fears of U.S. sanctions amid the Russia-Ukraine war. Without the Mi-17s, the Philippines would be left with an outstanding requirement for heavy transport helicopters.

Philippine military officials have confirmed that several Western transport helicopter types have been offered but there are way too expensive for them. The Philippine military is looking at India’s offer of ALH-Dhruv which doesn’t have similar payload capabilities as Mi-17s but its price was a draw for the Philippines.

The Philippine military wanted new Transport helicopters to support its operations against ongoing insurgencies and engage in relief operations or transporting troops and equipment.

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