PH Navy's munition for AW159 Wildcat ASW naval helicopters, torpedoes, missiles now in PH

PH Navy's munition for AW159 Wildcat ASW naval helicopters, torpedoes, missiles now in PH

 

The anti-submarine helicopter of the Philippine Navy (PN) is now armed to the teeth. 

It was announced that munitions for the major weapons system of the AugustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 "Wildcat" anti-submarine helicopters of the Philippine Navy (PN) are now in the country.

"Both the Spike-NLOS (non-line of sight) missiles and the BlueShark anti-submarine torpedoes are already 'in-country'," Navy chief, Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said in an interviewhe was asked about the current status of the weapon system of the two AW-159 helicopters.

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The Navy chief said the deliveries of the weapons were completed in the fourth quarter last year.

Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd made Spike NLOS missile will give the AW-159s a capability to engage hostile vessels beyond visual range.

While the South Korean-made LIG Nex1 "Blue Shark" lightweight torpedoes will serve as the helicopters' anti-submarine weapon and are capable of shallow and deepwater operations and can run off to a speed of 45 knots.

The Navy chief also explains that once the AW-159 “Wildcat” pilot and crew are fully trained, he expects these personnel to train on the use of these weapons to gain proficiency in their handling.

The PN's two AW-159s were acquired to complement the Jose Rizal-class frigates' ASW capabilities.

 

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