Philip­pine Navy signs con­tract for three AW109 power he­li­copters

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Agus­taWest­land has signed a con­tract with the Philip­pine Navy for three AW109 Power mar­itime he­li­copters plus two op­tions. The he­li­copters will be used for a wide range of naval mis­sions in­clud­ing eco­nomic zone pro­tec­tion, sur­face sur­veil­lance, SAR and mar­itime se­cu­rity. The air­craft will be de­liv­ered in 2014 and will op­er­ate from both shore and ship bases. The con­tract in­cludes ini­tial lo­gis­tics sup­port and train­ing for air­crew and main­te­nance per­son­nel.

Vin­cenzo Alaimo, Agus­taWest­land’s head of Re­gional Sales for South East Asia, said: “We are de­lighted that the Philip­pine Navy has se­lected the AW109 Power as part of its armed forces mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme af­ter an ex­ten­sive eval­u­a­tion of com­pet­ing types. The AW109 Power’s mul­ti­role abil­i­ties and high per­for­mance will pro­vide the Philip­pine Navy with an en­hanced mar­itime op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity.”

The AW109 Power is a three-tonne class eight seat heli­copter pow­ered by two Pratt & Whit­ney PW206C en­gines with FADEC. 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 AW109 Power has es­tab­lished it­self as the world’s best-sell­ing light-twin heli­copter for mar­itime mis­sions. The AW109 Power’s su­pe­rior speed, ca­pac­ity and pro­duc­tiv­ity com­bined with re­li­a­bil­ity and ease of main­te­nance make it the most cost­ef­fec­tive 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.

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