Mar 3, 2015
The Philippine Navy Armed AW-109s to be Commissioned in May
The two armed AW-109 airframes arrived in the country last December as part of the five-helicopter deal signed by the Philippines with AgustaWestland in early 2013.
Three of the AW-109s were delivered and commissioned on Dec. 22, 2013.
The armed versions of the AW-109s will be armed will have machine guns, 20mm cannons and possibly with air-to-ground rockets.
For shipboard operations, the aircraft has a reinforced-wheeled landing gear and deck mooring points as well as extensive corrosion protection measures.