Air Platforms

Philippine Navy to receive ASW helicopters in March 2019

26 July 2018

The Philippine Navy (PN) will receive two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat naval helicopters with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities in March 2019, the state-owned Philippines News Agency (PNA) quoted PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad as saying on 23 July.

Once commissioned, the AW159s are expected to be deployed aboard the navy’s new frigates, which have been ordered from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and are scheduled to be delivered to the PN from 2020.

In 2016 the Department of National Defense in Manila awarded Leonardo a PHP5.4 billion (USD101 million) contract for the two aircraft under the country’s Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project.

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