Navy, Air Force operating same type of attack AW-109Es helicopters

8:15:00 PM
MANILA, -- -- Not many people are aware of it but both the Philippine Navy (PN) and Philippine Air Force (PAF) are operating the same type of attack chopper in the guise of the AgustaWestland AW-190E "Power" helicopter.

PAF spokesperson Col. Enrico Canaya disclosed this in an interview with the PNA.

The Navy formally commissioned its two armed AW-109Es last Aug. 10 while the PAF's eight chopper units are still undergoing technical inspection and assessment before being formally accepted into service.

"(Both the Navy and Air Force) are using the same aircraft platform," Canaya said.

The advantage of having both services using the same aircraft, or in this case, attack helicopters, is the commonality in training and maintenance, he added.

Canaya's views was earlier shared by Department of National Defense (DND) undersecretary for finance, modernization, installation and munitions Fernando Manalo.

"Having the two services operate the AW-109s means that we will just operate one type of aircraft which will greatly ease our maintenance, training and logistic procedures," he pointed out.

The PN's AW-109E contract for five helicopters, including the two armed units, is worth Php1.33 billion.

While the contract for the PAF's eight attack AW-109Es is worth Php3.4 billion.

The Philippine Navy AW109Es Helicopters departed at Naval Station Jose V Andrada, Roxas Boulevard, Manila after formally commissioned.

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