PH Navy, Defense officials inspect anti-sub choppers in UK

PH Navy, Defense officials inspect anti-sub choppers in UK



Things are gearing up for our Philippine Navy (PN).
The Philippine Navy which will be celebrating its 121st anniversary is bringing a highlight from the United Kingdom.
The PN Flag-officer-in-command (FOIC) Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, is in the United Kingdom along with the Department of National Defense (DND) test and inspection teamto conduct a test amd pre-delivery ispection of the Philippine Navy's (PN) first two-anti-submarine helicopters, the Augusta Westland AW-159 "Wildcat", which according to reports is proceeding smoothly. 


Philippine Navy's (PN) first two-anti-submarine helicopters, the Augusta Westland AW-159 (photo frd

"Our FOIC, PN is currently in UK together with the DND’s test and inspection team purposely to pre-delivery inspection of the two AW-159 helicopters. The FOIC, PN was flown on both the AW-159 were its stability, maneuverability and related parameters were determined," Navy spokesperson, Captain Jonathan Zata in a message to the Philippine News Agency.
"He (Empedrad) expressed his satisfaction over the progress of the project which is noted to be ahead of its scheduled delivery," he added.
The PN spokesperson said the AW-159s will be shipped and will be expected in Manila by the first week of May.
The modern anti-submarine AW-159 helicopters were given the allocation of PHP5.4 billion all for including its munition, mission essential equipment and integrated logistic support.
The AW-159 is an improved version of the Westland Super Lynx military helicopter.

The AW-159 helicopter has also been ordered for the Royal Navy and British Army of the United Kingdom.

It is capable of speeds of 291 km/h (181 mph), range of 777 km (483 miles), ferry range of 963 km (598 miles) and an endurance of one and a-half hours (fours hours and 30 minutes if fitted with auxiliary fuel).

The AW-159 can also be armed with rockets, machine guns, missiles, torpedoes and depth charges.




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