14 Agustus 2014
Two helicopter as part of five will be delivered by January 2015 (photo : pdff)
Philippine News Agency – The two armed AgustaWestland AW-109 “Power” helicopters, which are intended for the use of the Philippine Navy (PN), will be delivered by January 2015.
This was revealed by PN public affairs office chief Lt. Cmdr. Marineth Domingo in a message to the PNA. “The two [armed versions] AW-109s are expected to be delivered by January 2015,” she added.
This is part of the five helicopter order from AgustaWestland inked by the Department of National Defense last year. Three of the planes were delivered in Dec. 8 and were commissioned in Dec. 20 last year. The contract is worth P1.33 billion.
The AW-109 “Power” helicopter is a three-ton class eight seat helicopter powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW206C engines.
The spacious cabin is designed to be fitted with a number of modular equipment packages for quick and easy conversion between roles.
The aircraft’s safety features include a fully separated fuel system, dual hydraulic boost system, dual electrical systems and redundant lubrication and cooling systems for the main transmission and engines.
The AW-109 has established itself as the world’s best selling light-twin helicopter for maritime missions.
It’s superior speed, capacity and productivity combined with reliability and ease of maintenance make it the most cost effective maritime helicopter in its class.
For shipboard operations the aircraft has a reinforced-wheeled landing gear and deck mooring points as well as extensive corrosion protection measures.
The ability to operate from small ships in high sea state enables the AW-109 to perform its mission when many other helicopters would be confined to the ship’s hangar.