Anti-submarine helicopters for Navy get go-signal

Two proposed anti-submarine (ASW) helicopters, which will be operated by the Philippine Navy (PN), is included in the 33 projects given the green light with the signing of the program for the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Law.

This was disclosed Monday by Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary for Finance, Modernization, Installation and Munitions Fernando Manalo in a message to the PNA. President Benigno S. Aquino III signed the program last July 22, he added.

However, Manalo said bidding for the two ASW helicopters will go the bidding stage once the Php18-billion frigate program gains momentum.

These ASW assets will be based on the two proposed frigates which are capable of firing anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine missiles and weapons.

The ASW helicopters are worth Php5.4 billion.

Also included in the 33 projects are the missile-firing frigates, long-range patrol aircraft, surveillance radars and close-air support aircraft program, which will now move their next respective bidding phase.