AW-159 helis to boost Jose Rizal-class frigates' capabilities

AW-159 helis to boost Jose Rizal-class frigates' capabilities




The modernization of the Philippine Navy is making giant little steps.

From zero all of a sudden the Philippine Navy will now have a modern dedicated anti-subsurface platform, the two newly-acquired AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 "Wildcat" anti-submarine helicopters will also extend the capabilities of the two Jose Rizal-class missile frigates being constructed by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

Philippine Navy spokesperson Capt. Jonathan Zata, quoting Offshore Combat Force (OCF) head Commodore Caesar Bernard Valencia, said that the two AW-159s, once fully integrated into the missile frigates, will extend the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) range of the ships, aside from providing over-the-horizon (OTH) targeting and surveillance capabilities of the ships.

The BRP Jose Rizal which was recently launched in Ulsan, South Korea and inset is the AW-159 anti-submarine helicopter, once integrated to each other it will extend the capabilities of frigates (photo credit to owner)

"(Once the AW-159s are fully integrated into the BRP Jose Rizal frigates), the AW-159s exponentially increase the ASW range of the frigates and (provide) OTH targeting and surveillance," Zata said
The AW-159 anti-submarine helicopters will boost the ships’ electronic warfare range and expand their capability to do humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.
"These systems allow (the) BRP Jose Rizal and her sister ship to perform multi-role functions, such as anti-surface, anti-air, anti-submarine and electronic warfare simultaneously and with a higher degree of effectivity, a giant leap to the current capability of the PN," he said.




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