AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announces that the Philippine Air Force has signed a contract for eight AW109 Power light twin-engine helicopters. These aircraft will be used to perform a range of duties including homeland security, armed reconnaissance and close support. Deliveries will start in 2014. The contract also includes initial logistics support and training for aircrew and maintenance personnel.
This contract further expands the presence of AgustaWestland in the Philippine helicopter market and adds one more military customer for the AW109 Power model in this country, following an order for three aircraft by the Philippine Navy earlier this year to enhance the service’s maritime operational capability. The Philippine Air Force’s AW109 Power configuration will feature a dedicated mission and equipment package including a range of weapon systems.
Daniele Romiti, chief executive officer, AgustaWestland says, “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.”
The AW109 Power is a three-tonne class eight seat twin engine helicopter. The spacious cabin is designed to be fitted with a number of modular equipment packages for quick and easy conversion between roles. The aircraft’s safety and survivability features include 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 AW109 Power’s superior speed, capacity and productivity combined with reliability and ease of maintenance make it the most cost effective helicopter in its class for a range of government tasks. Over 580 AW109 Power and AW109 LUH helicopters have been ordered for parapublic, military and commercial applications by customers in around 50 countries.