Police issue helicopter RFQs

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The South African Police Service Air Wing is again seeking product support services from the aviation industry for its aircraft and helicopters. The police operate some 40 rotorcraft and fixed-wing aeroplanes.

The national law enforcer last month issued requests for quotations (RFQ) to an unknown number of companies. It is no longer clear to whom the RFQ was issued as Armscor, the state procurement agency stopped publishing that data late last year, citing various reasons including national security and commercial confidentiality. A RFQ for the McDonnell Douglas MD500 was issued April 20 with a closing date of May 18. The RFQ for the Robinson R44 Raven II was issued April 17 with a closing date of May 14.

Last May the police via Armscor issued RFQs to 11 companies for product support services for its fleet of six Robinson R44 and one McDonnell Douglas MD369E helicopters: Denel (Pty) Ltd t/a Denel Aviation, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd c/o Intertechnic (Pty) Ltd, Turbomeca Africa (Pty) Ltd, Execujet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd, Comair Sales (Pty) Ltd, Precision Aviation Services, Mtha Aviation, Pilatus PC12 Centre SA, Lemang Aviation Support, Greystone Aviation and Ado Air Aviation.

News reports subsequently claimed that the RFQs were withdrawn due to controversy within the police. But Brigadier Lindela Mashigo in February told Afrikaans daily Beeld the delay was the result of a rethink. After determining the initial tenders specifications,it was decided to group the aircraft by manufacturer. As a result, seven RFQs were issued.

It was also the first time Armscor was to handle a police airwing product support contract. Mashigo told Beeld the police decided on Armscor because of its track record with facilitating product support for air force systems and quality control.

By February some 11 to 15 helicopters were grounded, the Afrikaans daily reported. This reportedly included 10 of 13 BO-105 helicopters, five of 15 AS350 Squirrel’s and the sole remaining BK-117, all Eurocopter products.
  

ELGS/2012/20

Product support services on the MD 500 helicopter systems of the SA Police Service

20 Apr 2012

18 May 2012

Not announced

ELGS/2012/9

Product support services on the Robinson R44 helicopter systems of the SA Police Service

17 Apr 2012

14 May 2012

Not announced