Air Force expecting 6 AW-109E before 2015 ends: Acquiring spare parts

In line with efforts to ensure the mission worthiness of all its available aircraft, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) announced that it is setting aside Php33,706,911.52 for acquisition of spare parts needed for the maintenance of the electrical systems of its AgustaWestland AW-109E “Power” attack helicopters.

Bid opening is on November 13, 9 a.m., PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

The PAF formally commissioned its first two attack AW-109Es last August 17. Another six are expected to be delivered before the end of the 2015. The Philippines signed an eight-unit attack AW-109E order with AgustaWestland in 2013 for Php3.44 billion.

The AW-109E is a three-ton class eight seat helicopter powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW206C engines. The spacious cabin is designed to be fitted with a number of modular equipment packages for quick and easy conversion between roles.

The aircraft’s safety features include a fully separated fuel system, dual hydraulic boost system, dual electrical systems and redundant lubrication and cooling systems for the main transmission and engines.