Philippine Air Force selects AW109 Power helicopters
AgustaWestland will supply eight AW109 Power light twin-engine helicopters to the Philippine Air Force under a contract announced on 6 November. The aircraft will be delivered with a dedicated mission and equipment package including a range of weapon systems.
The Philippine Air Force will deploy the aircraft for a range of missions including homeland security, armed reconnaissance and close support. AgustaWestland will also provide initial logistics support and training for aircrew and maintenance personnel.
This order follows an order earlier in the year for three AW109 Power helicopters from the Philippine Navy to enhance the service’s maritime operational capability.
Daniele Romiti, CEO, AgustaWestland, said: ‘It gives us great pleasure to sign this contract with the Philippine Air Force, further reinforcing the already strong partnership with the Department of National Defence. This latest contract is clear evidence of the customer’s confidence in the product and AgustaWestland as a reliable partner that is able to deliver cost-effective solutions. We are committed to deliver the improved mission capabilities and high quality services the customer requires.’
Deliveries of the helicopters will start in 2014.
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