08 Januari 2015
AW-109E Power of the PN (photo : Fabrizio Capenti)
DND acquires 4 brand-new AW-109Es
MANILA (PNA) -- Four brand-new AgustaWestland AW-109E "Power" helicopters, two for the Navy and two for the Air Force, have arrived in the Philippines and now being assembled for air testing.
"They are now being assembled and according to a timeline I received, they will be flown to Clark Field, Pampanga for testing and acceptance," Department of National Defense (DND) undersecretary for finance, modernization and materiel Fernando Manalo said Wednesday in a briefing with reporters.
All four helicopters arrived in the Philippines during the last week of December.
The first two AW-109s are part of the Php1.33 billion five-aircraft deal signed by the DND with AgustaWestland in 2013.
The other two AW-109s is the first two aircraft out of the eight attack helicopter order worth Php3.44 billion, also signed in 2013.
The AW-109 "Power" is a three-ton class eight seat twin engine helicopter.
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 and survivability 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-109s' superior speed, capacity and productivity combined with reliability and ease of maintenance make it the most cost effective helicopter in its class for a range of government tasks.
Over 580 AW-109 "Power" and AW-109 LUH helicopters have been ordered for parapublic, military and commercial applications by customers in around 50 countries.