Philippine Navy’s two AgustaWestland AW-109 ‘Power’ helicopters are in a secured facility waiting to be fitted with their guns and armaments. These helicopters arrived in the country last December 2014 and were cleared by Bureau of Customs in January. “The two AW-109 cleared its Custom requirements last January and now at secured facility while waiting for its guns and other armaments to be installed,” PN Public Affairs Office chief Cmdr. Lued Lincuna said.
Navy is looking to commission these armed choppers on their upcoming 117th Anniversary this May. Navy’s armed choppers are part of the five-helicopter deal costing PhP1.33 billion. The other three were already commissioned last December 22, 2013.
Navy’s AW-109 choppers will become on-board component of two Makassar-class vessels. First Makassar-class vessel of PN is expected to arrive within the second quarter of 2016.
Meanwhile, two of eight AW-109 helicopters for Philippine Air Force are also in the country. PAF’s AW-109 helicopters will act as force’s attack choppers.