Bell helicopter has entered a purchase agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation for eight Bell 412EP helicopters, which will be delivered to the Philippine Department of National Defence.

Five of the helicopters will be equipped for combat utility operations and three for VIP transportation, says Bell in a statement.

An original memorandum of understanding for the helicopters was signed in November 2012 between Manila and the CCC.

The helicopters will be produced at Bell’s factory in Montreal.