Philippine government has several businesses with the British-Italian helicopter design and manufacturing company AgustaWestland. The government chose to procure helicopters for Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force from the said manufacturer to ease post procurement services and pilot training.
Three AgustaWestland AW109 Power are already in the arsenal of Philippine Navy acting as multi-purpose naval helicopter which are unarmed. While armed naval choppers are needed, the Navy then procured two armed AW109 helis from the British-Italian manufacturer. Delivery is set on December 2014.
On the other hand, Philippine Air Force also placed order for eight AW109 armed variant. Delivery will start January of 2015. “That’s the scheduled delivery. There is no information that the delivery will be delayed,” Defense Undersecretary for Modernization, Munition and Finance Fernando Manalo said today, November 14.
Air Force’s AW109 armed helis will be mainly used for homeland security, armed reconnaissance and close support.
Meanwhile, Department of National Defense is going through the second phase of bidding for two anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters for Philippine Navy.
With this acquisition project only AgustaWestland was qualified for the procurement process of ASW helis. The manufacturer offered the AW159 Wildcat helicopter.