LOOK: PNP just got new helicopter and drone fleets

Rambo Talabong
The Philippine National Police spends P3 billion to purchase new combat, mobility, and surveillance equipment

NEW CHOPPERS. The PNP displays its new helicopters in Camp Crame. Sourced photo

MANILA, Philippines – In a boost to its surveillance, firepower, and mobility, the Philippine National Police (PNP) obtained 5 helicopters, a fleet of drones, land vehicles, and a stockpile of firearms worth P3 billion.

The PNP displayed the newly procured items in a presentation ceremony in its national headquarters, Camp Crame in Quezon City on Monday morning, November 18. The program was led by PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa and Major General Jovic Ramos, the PNP’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) head.

The helicopter fleet displayed consisted of one twin-engine made by US-based BELL, 2 single-engine choppers from France-based Airbus Helicopters, and 2 training helicopters from California-based Robinson Helicopter Company.

Complementing the helicopters is the purchase of 51 rotary blade drones, which can be used by cops for surveillance and mapping.

FOR MOBILITY. Utility trucks are parked inside Camp Crame for their presentation. Sourced photo

In further boosting its mobility, the PNP also obtained land vehicles, including 21 bomb-detection K9 vehicles and 34 utility trucks.

Firearms and ammunition procured by the PNP are:

  1. 2,001 units of Taurus 9 millimeter (mm) Striker Fired Pistol
  2. 6,353 units of Tisas 9 mm Striker Fired Pistol
  3. 10,000 units of Canik 9 mm Striker Fired Pistol
  4. 21,992 units of Galil 5.56 mm Basic Assault Rifle
  5. 1,677 units of K2C1 5.56 mm Basic Assault Rifle
  6. 205 units of K3 5.56 mm Light Machine Gun
  7. 141 units of NEGEV7 7.62 mm Light Machine Gun
  8. 8 units of NEGEV5 5.56 mm Light Machine Gun

The PNP also purchased 7,924 combat helmets.

According to Ramos, the funds came from the PNP’s capability enhancement budget from the years 2012 to 2016 and 2018 to 2019, the Presidential Contingency Fund, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2015 budget.

MORE FIREPOWER. Police generals inspect newly purchased weapons. Sourced photo

– Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.