04 Februari 2016
AW-159 Wildcat ASW helicopter (photo : vtol)
Aircraft manufacturer AgustaWestland was declared as the sole proponent of the Department of National Defense (DND)’s PHP5.4 billion anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter project. The government also announced that the manufacturer is undergoing post-qualification checks.
Post-qualification refers to the background check to determine the capability of the manufacturer to deliver the equipment on time and comply with the specifications requested by the contracting party.
AgustaWestland was chosen as the possible supplier for two anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters of Philippine Navy before 2015 ended. The firm offered its new AW-159 “Wildcat” anti-submarine helicopter.
In late February 2016, AgustaWestland official handling external relations and communications Alessandro Capocaccia told IHS Jane’s that their company is optimistic that contract will be awarded soon.
“2016 will be an important year for the programme”, Capocaccia said.