Navy’s armed AW-109Es undergo final procedure prior to commissioning

The Philippine Navy (PN)’s two armed AgustaWestland AW-109Es are now undergoing “technical inspection and assessment.” This includes the airframe and weapon systems. Weapon systems of the AW-109Es consist of rocket and machine gun mounts.

Technical inspection and assessment is the final procedure before the aircraft is accepted and commissioned with the Naval Air Group.

The latter will determine whether there are any defects or deficiencies in the AW-109Es.

The last two AW-109E airframes arrived in the Philippines last December 2014.

This is part of the five-helicopter deal, worth Php1.33-billion, signed by the Philippines with AgustaWestland in early 2013.

Three of the AW-109s were delivered and commissioned in Dec. 22, 2013.