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Philippine AW159s in testing

30th November 2018 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Philippine Navy will receive its first AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat anti-submarine helicopter in the first quarter of 2019, with flight testing currently underway.

Initial flight-testing is now ongoing for the two AW159 helicopters on order. These aircraft are being acquired under a $102.7 million contract signed in 2016, along with munitions, mission essential equipment and integrated logistic support.

The Philippine helicopters will feature equipment and sensors for anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions, and they will also perform other roles such as maritime surveillance, maritime security and search and rescue.

The AW159s will be based aboard two new frigates being constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries for delivery in 2020 and 2021.

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