Military Capabilities

Philippine Navy to receive first ASW helicopter, Spike ER missiles in 2018

04 January 2018

Key Points

  • The Philippine Navy will soon be equipped with the Spike ER anti-ship missile system, and its first ASW helicopter
  • Deliveries will significantly bolster the service’s anti-submarine and anti-surface capabilities

The Philippine Navy (PN) will receive the first of two AW159 multi-mission maritime helicopters with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities from Anglo-Italian defence company Leonardo in 2018.

A report published by the official Philippine News Agency (PNA), citing Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong, indicates that the two helicopters will arrive in-country in the fourth quarter of 2018, and early 2019 respectively.

In 2016, the DND awarded Leonardo a PHP5.3 billion (USD106 million) contract for two aircraft under the country’s Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project for the PN.

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