3 AW-109 'Power' helicopters to be delivered this December

October 1, 2013 10:25 am 

MANILA, Oct. 1 — Expect the Philippine Navy (PN) to have more punch as three AgustaWestland AW-109 "Power" helicopters will be delivered this December.

The helicopters will greatly improved the patrolling and monitoring capabilities of the PN.

The aircraft are expected to be deployed aboard the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16).

Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, PN spokesperson, said prospective airframe, avionics and flight crews of the three AW-109 choppers are now undergoing training at Sesto Calende, Italy.

"The last batch of pilots (and technicians) undergoing training the AW-109 will leave by the first week of November," Fabic stated.

The PN spokesperson added that these specialized trainings varies from two to four months.

"It is included in (acquisition) package and at no costs to the government," he stressed.

Fabic said that morale is pretty good at the PN and personnel selected for these training programs are very proud that they are called to serve their country anew.

"The PN is also very thankful to the present administration for the continued support that the Navy is receiving," the PN spokesperson emphasized.

The contract for the three AW-109 naval helicopters weresigned last April for the delivery this December.

These choppers are worth around P1.33 billion.

The AW-109 "Power" is a three-ton class eight seat helicopter powered by two Pratt and Whitney PW206C engines.

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

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

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

LAM/PFN

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