3 New Helicopters for the Philippine Navy

3 New Helicopters (AW109 Power Naval) for the Philippine Navy -- In order to boost maritime security and disaster response capabilities, the Philippine Navy will soon have additional naval helicopters by 2014. The air units are AW109 Power types, under a P1.3 billion contract between Anglo-Italian firm AugustaWestland and the Philippine Navy. Included in the contract are 1) initial logistics support and 2) training for aircrew and maintenance personnel.
AW109 Power helicopter
Said Vincenzo Alaimo, AgustaWestland’s Head of Regional Sales for SE Asia:
We are delighted that the Philippine Navy has selected the AW109 Power as part of its armed forces modernisation programme after an extensive evaluation of competing types
The AW109 Power’s multi-role abilities and high performance will provide the Philippine Navy with an enhanced maritime operational capability.
The AW109 Power naval helicopters will be used by the Philippine Navy in a wide range of maritime tasks which includes "economic zone protection, surface surveillance, search and rescue (SAR) and maritime security."

Here are some of the salient features of the AW109 Power Naval Helicopters:
  • Fully separated fuel system
  • Dual hydraulic boost system
  • Dual electrical systems
  • Redundant lubrication and cooling system
These helicopters are under a negotiated procurement via Section 53.2 (Emergency Procurement) of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of R.A. 9184.

Kudos to the Philippine Navy for this added boost in their line of service. Let's hope for improved services vis-a-vis better disaster and rescue response in the future.

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