“We are still awaiting for the advise coming from AgustaWestland, they are the ones determining the [training] schedule,” Navy public affairs office chief Cmdr. Gregory Fabic told Philippine News Agency.
AgustaWestland will be delivering two armed AW-109Es “Power” helicopters to the Philippine Navy within the third quarter of this year.
Philippine Navy have ordered five AW-109Es “Power” helicopters. Three unarmed AW-109Es were already delivered.
The Philippine Air Force is also set to receive eight AW-109Es “Power” helicopters that will serve as PAF’s attack helicopters. These helicopters will be armed with machine guns and rocket launchers.
Department of National Defense decided to acquire same helicopter variant for the Air Force and Navy for easy maintenance and training.
“The AW109 Power is a three-tonne 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,” said AgustaWestland in a news release.
“The AW109 Power’s 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,” the manufacturer added.