Air Force attack helicopters compliment to MD-520MG

Delivery of eight Philippine Air Force (PAF) AgustaWestland AW-109E “Power” attack helicopters will be completed before the end of this year. “We expect six more attack helicopters that will come before the year ends,” PAF commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado said.

The Air Force formally commissioned first two of eight attack AW-109Es last August 17.

Lt. Gen. Delgado is confident that the remaining six units will be mission-capable before the last quarter of 2015.

The Philippine government signed the contract for eight units of attack AW-109E with AgustaWestland in 2013 for PhP3.44 billion.

The night capable AW-109Es are assigned to 15th Strike Wing and will perform the role similar to existing MD-520MG in conducting closed-air support, armed air reconnaissance, forward air control and armed escort. The AW-109Es are armed with .50 caliber machine gun pods and rocket launchers.