MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is setting aside PHP105 million for the acquisition of a radar transmitter needed for the maintenance of FA-50PH "Fighting Eagle" light-lift fighter trainer with tail number 002.

In a bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System, submission and opening of bids is scheduled on May 8, 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

"The Philippine Air Force reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a failure of bidding, or not award the contract at any time prior to contract award in accordance with Section 41 of RA 9184 and its IRR, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders," PAF Bids and Awards Committee chair Brig. Gen. Ferynl Buca said in the same bid bulletin.

The PAF's 12 plane-order with Korea Aerospace Industries is worth PHP18.9 billion.

The first two aircraft, with tail numbers 001 and 002, were delivered on Nov. 28, 2015 while the last two, 011 and 012, were delivered on May 31, 2017.

The FA-50PHs have a top speed of Mach 1.5 or one and a half times the speed of sound and is capable of being fitted air-to-air missiles, including the AIM-9 "Sidewinder" heat-seeking missiles aside from light automatic cannons. (with reports from Ericka Cirera, OJT/PNA)