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By Elizabeth E. Escaño


US, Greek companies eye night fighting system deal




Posted on April 01, 2015


REPRESENTATIVES of companies from the United States, Turkey, Israel and Greece attended the pre-bid conference at the Department of National Defense (DND) office for the supply and delivery of a brand new Night Fighting System for the Philippine Army on Tuesday.

Companies that bought bid documents worth P75,000 included United States-based Nightline, Inc.; local firm United Defense Manufacturing Corp. with its US-based associate Nivisys, LLC; Greek company Sensors S.A. with its local associate Intrade Asia Pacific Corp.; US-based Armasight Enterprises; US-headquartered Exelis, Inc.; Turkish firm Aselsan Turkey with its local associate System Nomics Philippines, Inc.; local company Spartans 3 Trading Corp.; and Israel-based Elbit Systems.

Jose Macutay, Jr., who represented an American company, also bought bid documents but refused to disclose the name of his principal.

The Night Fighting System, which has an approved budget contract (ABC) of P1.116 million, is composed of three components, namely the Night Vision Monocular (NVM), the Infared Aiming Device (IRAD), and the Laser Zeroing Device (LZD).

The three components of the Night Fighting System are used together, Major Leo B. Caduyac, a member of the Night Fighting System Acquisition Project’s technical working group, said.

“The NVM is a single tube vision device used during night operations that can be weapon-mounted or helmet-mounted,” said Mr. Caduyac.

The IRAD, according to Mr. Caduyac, is a “weapon-mounted” equipment that “can be used as aiming point for target acquisition... to determine the impact of your target, to assure that you will hit the right target during night time.” Mr. Caduyac added that the infrared light “can be seen using the NVM [but] cannot be seen by the naked eye.”

“IRAD should be paired with NVM to see the target during night operations,” said Mr. Caduyac.

The LZD is a “tool used for zeroing the sight of the weapon and the infrared... it is inserted in the barrel [of the weapon] to ensure that the IRAD is aiming at the right target and is aligned with the barrel,” Mr. Caduyac said.

The winning bidder would be required to supply 4,464 sets of NVM, 4,464 sets of IRAD and 496 sets of LZD, Mr. Caduyac explained.

There will be two deliveries for each set of components. Half or 2,232 sets of NVM and IRAD should be delivered to the DND within 210 calendar days after the opening of a letter of credit and the remaining should follow within 420 calendar days from the opening of the letter of credit. The same is applicable to the delivery of the IRAD sets.

Meanwhile, 248 sets of the LZD should be delivered within 120 calendar days from the opening of the letter of credit while the remaining half should follow within 420 calendar days from the opening of the letter of credit.

Mr. Caduyac said that the bid security may come in the “form of cash bond equivalent to 2% of the ABC or Affidavit of Bid Security Declaration,” adding that both bids and bid security “will be valid for a period of 120 calendar days after the bid opening.”

Before the pre-bid conference’s adjournment, DND Bids and Awards Committee chairman Undersecretary Natalio C. Ecarma III said that the agency may postpone submission and opening of bids to a later date after some representatives expressed their desire for more time, especially given that the event was held during Holy Week.

Deadline for the submission of bids and the opening of bids is scheduled on April 14 at 10 a.m.