Armament packages for two Philippine Navy AW-109 helicopters are already in the country as confirmed by Navy public affairs spokesperson Cmdr. Lued Lincuna at the sidelines of Pagasa Island trip Monday, May 11.
“Cmdr. Lincuna said that the weapon systems, which consisted of rocket and machine gun mounts, have arrived and is now in the process of being moved to the hangar where the aircraft is stored,” state-run Philippine News Agency reports.
These armed choppers are expected to be commissioned during Navy’s anniversary celebration on May 27.
Two armed AW-109 choppers are part of the PhP1.33 billion five-helicopter deal with AgustaWestland.
Three unarmed choppers were commissioned December 22, 2013.
Navy Vice-commander Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad said earlier that AW-109s will become on-board components of soon to be delivered two Makassar-class landing platform dock (LPD) from Indonesia to act as navy’s strategic sea-lift vessels.