AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a contract by the Philippine Navy to deliver two additional AW109 Power maritime helicopters.
Under the contract, which brings the Philippine Navy’s total number of AW109 Power aircraft orders to five, the company will also provide initial logistics support and training for aircrew and maintenance personnel.
Currently, the Philippine Navy is operating the first batch of three aircraft to conduct a wide range of naval missions including economic zone protection, surface surveillance, SAR and maritime security.
AgustaWestland is scheduled to deliver the two additional helicopters in the second half of 2014 to the Philippine Navy for operations from both shore and ship bases.
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AgustaWestland Asia regional sales head Vincenzo Alaimo said: "This very capable and cost-effective helicopter can provide tremendous support to the nation’s security and safety thanks to its outstanding performance and mission capabilities.
"It gives us great pleasure to announce this new order for the AW109 Power by the Philippines’ military following the initial success achieved in 2013 with contracts signed by both the Navy and the Air Force."
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW206C engines with FADEC, the AW109 Power light-twin helicopter is fitted with 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 maritime helicopter also features reinforced-wheeled landing gear and deck mooring points, as well as extensive corrosion-protection measures for shipboard operations.
The company has received orders for approximately 580 AW109 Power and AW109 LUH helicopters by customers for commercial, parapublic and military applications in nearly 50 countries.
Image: An AgustaWestland AW109 Power helicopter during flight. Photo: copyright 2012 AgustaWestland.