Navy to commission 2 armed AW-109Es Monday

5:21:00 AM
MANILA, -- The Philippine Navy (PN) will be commissioning into service its two armed AgustaWestland AW-109E "Power" helicopters this coming Monday.

Commissioning will be done at PN headquarters at Naval Station Jose Andrada along Roxas Boulevard in Manila.

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

The commissioning of the two armed AW-109Es will coincide with the retirement ceremony of PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus C. Millan who will be leaving the service after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.

His replacement will be announced on same day.

The last two AW-109E airframes arrived in the Philippines last December.

This is part of the five-helicopter deal, worth PHP1.33-billion, signed by the Philippines with AgustaWestland early 2013.

Three of the AW-109s were delivered and commissioned in Dec. 22, 2013.

The armed versions of the AW-109s will be equipped with machine guns, 20mm cannons and possibly, with air-to-ground rockets.

The AW-109 "Power" helicopter 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.

The AW-109 has established itself as the world’s best selling light-twin helicopter for maritime missions.

It's superior speed, capacity and productivity combined with reliability and ease of maintenance make it the most cost effective maritime helicopter in its class.

For shipboard operations the aircraft has a reinforced-wheeled landing gear and deck mooring points as well as extensive corrosion protection measures.

The ability to operate from small ships in high sea state enables the AW-109 to perform its mission when many others helicopters would be confined to the ship’s hangar.

Over 550 AW-109 "Power" and AW-109 light utility helicopters have been ordered for commercial, parapublic and military applications by customers in almost 50 countries.

The Philippine Navy's two armed AgustaWestlamd AW-109E naval helicopters at Sangley Point naval air station, Cavite City.

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