Due to concerns about potential US sanctions, the Philippines shelved a $227 million deal to buy 16 Mi-17 helicopters. The Department of National Defense formed a committee to formally withdraw from the agreement. On Monday, Manila’s ambassador to Washington officially announced the cancellation of the deal. The Philippines is likely to procure American made Chinook heavy-lift helicopters instead.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has hurt Russia’s ability to sell weapons, both due to questionable performance and the threat of US sanctions towards buyers.