Navy Acquiring 3 New Helicopters
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Navy (PN) will soon have three AW109 Power naval helicopters in its inventory to boost its maritime security and disaster response capabilities.
This developed following the signing of a contract between the Anglo-Italian firm AugustaWestland and the PN "for three AW109 Power maritime helicopters plus two options." The contract also includes initial logistics support and training for aircrew and maintenance personnel.
The Department of Defense (DND) last year approved the acquisition of the three naval helicopters with a contract price of P1.3 billion.
"We are delighted that the Philippine Navy has selected the AW109 Power as part of its armed forces modernization program after an extensive evaluation of competing types," Vincenzo Alaimo, AgustaWestland's head of Regional Sales for Southeast Asia, said in a statement.
Alaimo added, "The AW109 Power's multi-role abilities and high performance will provide the Philippine Navy with an enhanced maritime operational capability."
The aircraft, due for delivery to the Navy in 2014, will be used for a wide range of naval missions including economic zone protection, surface surveillance, search and rescue (SAR), and maritime security. It will operate from both shore and ship bases.
The AW109 Power is a three-ton class eight seat helicopter powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW206C engines with Full Authority Digital Electronic Control System (FADEC). The spacious cabin …
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