Navy armed AW-109Es now capable of shipboard action

10:45:00 PM
MANILA, --- The Philippine Navy (PN)'s armed AgustaWestland AW-109E helicopters, which was commissioned last Aug.10, is now capable of shipboard service.

This was disclosed by PN public affairs office chief Cmdr. Lued Lincuna in a message to the PNA Wednesday.

"(The two armed AW-109Es are) now capable of shipboard operations and the crew are continuously honing their skills," he added.

The ship where the armed AW-109Es made their first deck landings was the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-15), one of the two Gregorio Del Pilar-class frigates in PN service.

The landings were part of the ship's operational readiness evaluation for this year.

Lincuna said the landings (deck landing qualification in Navy parlance) took place last week.

All pilots and crewmen of the two armed AW-109Es participated in the exercise, he added. p>The PN's armed AW-109Es are equipped with two .50 caliber machinegun pods and six 2.74 inch rocket launchers each.

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

The Philippine Navy armed AugustaWestland (AW109) helicopter landed on BRP Ramon Alcaraz for the first time.


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