By Alden M. Monzon

Five companies eye bullet supply deal

Posted on September 03, 2014

AT LEAST five companies have signified interest in securing a P67-million contract to supply 28 million pieces of bullet components that will be used to assemble 5.56mm M855 bullets locally.

These companies are the Toferma Enterprises which represents Turkish Firm MKE, Philippine-based tactical equipment company Stone of David, ATK Intrade Asia Pacific Corp., CBC Brazil, and Roquesan Enterprises, documents obtained by BusinessWorld from the Department of National Defense (DND) said.

Representatives of these companies have attended the pre-negotiation meeting held last week at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, the documents said.

All companies are still undergoing negotiation procedures with the DND Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) in setting the project’s parameters.

The bullets will be used for the newly minted M4 rifles which will be distributed to the Philippine Marines and other troops of the Philippine Army, DND Public Affairs Chief Arsenio R. Andolong, in an interview with BusinessWorld on Tuesday, said.

The contract involves the delivery of bullet components of around 28 million bullet pieces -- including the casing, primer and bullet head -- which will be assembled here in the Philippines by the Government Arsenal (GA), Mr. Andolong said.

Besides manufacturing a set amount of ammunition for the AFP yearly, the GA also serves a portion of the needs of the Philippine National Police (PNP), he added.

Meanwhile, the DND has also put in the auction block its planned procurement of 670,000 rounds of 7.62mm tracer cartridges, or projectile bullets that are visible to the naked eye through pyrotechnic components.

The DND has set an approved budget of P34.8 million for the contract, which is open to all interested bidders, both local and foreign.

Interested bidders can submit their proposals until Sept. 25, 2014 -- which is also the same date of opening of proposals -- to be held at the BAC Conference Room at the DND building in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.