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Title: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: Herbie on October 06, 2016, 12:42:44 AM
Some details of the Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project:

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: Herbie on October 16, 2016, 11:31:14 PM
FINMECCANICA SIGNS CONTRACT WORTH OVER 100 MILLION EUROS WITH THE PHILIPPINE NAVY FOR AGUSTAWESTLAND AW159 HELICOPTERS


Finmeccanica has been awarded a contract, valued at over 100 million euros, to supply the Philippine Navy with two AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters. The aircraft will be built and delivered from the Finmeccanica Helicopter Division’s Yeovil plant, in the United Kingdom, in 2018. The order includes training and multi-year support and adds to those by the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea. It is a testament to the long standing relationship between the Philippine Armed Forces and Finmeccanica following previous aeronautics and helicopter programmes.
 
The two helicopters will be equipped with sophisticated state-of-the-art mission equipment and sensors, primarily dedicated to anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare roles. The helicopters will also be capable of performing other roles including search and rescue, maritime security and maritime surveillance.

http://www.leonardocompany.com/en/-/filippine-aw159-philippine
http://www.leonardocompany.com/documents/63265270/77253330/ComFNM_AW159_Philippines_31032016_ENG.pdf?download_file
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: dr demented on March 27, 2017, 12:02:28 AM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&nid=1&rid=975061

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Navy ASW helis to be armed with Spike NLOS missiles

MANILA, March 26 (PNA) -- The Philippine Navy (PN)'s first two anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters will be armed with Spike NLOS missiles giving it a capability to engage hostile vessels beyond visual range.

The said weapon manufactured by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. NLOS is short for "non-line of sight". It was originally designed to destroy tanks.

PN spokesperson Capt. Lincuna said these helicopters are the AgustaWestland AW-159 "Wildcats" which are scheduled to be delivered by 2018.

The Department of National Defense signed a contract with AugustaWestland, now Leonardo, to buy two AW-159 ASW helicopters for PHP5.362 billion, last year.

It will be deployed aboard the two frigates the Philippines has ordered from South Korea worth PHP16 billion.

Lincuna said the PN will be using Spike NLOS as a anti-ship weapon due to its claimed range of 25 kilometers.

"The missile has a built-in camera that allows it to be operated day or night," the PN spokesperson.

"The Spike NLOS weapon system can be operated in either direct attack or mid-course navigation based on target coordinates only. These modes enable defeat of long-range hidden targets, with pinpoint precision, damage assessment and the obtaining of real-time intelligence," weapon manufacturer Rafael said in its website.

Lincuna said the missiles will complement the AW-159s' detection and tracking equipment.

"The helicopters will be a full package, from detection, tracking, up to prosecution," he said. (PNA)
/PFN
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: dr demented on April 01, 2017, 04:21:14 AM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=&nid=10&rid=976674

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(NewsFeature) PN soon-to-have weapons platform capable of neutralizing surface ships, submarines

MANILA, March 31 (PNA) -- For the first time in decades, the Philippine Navy (PN), with the arrival of its two AgustaWestland AW-159 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters, will be in possession of platform capable of detecting, locating and if needed, prosecuting hostile underwater contacts.

Prosecuting in military parlance means the destruction or neutralization of targets deemed hostile by the military.

The AW-159 ASW helicopters, also known as the "Wildcat" is expected to join the fleet by next year, PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said.

He said these aircraft will be deployed aboard the two missile-armed frigates, those contract was bagged by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries last year.

"Once the AW-159 arrives, the PN will now have the capability to detect, locate and if necessary prosecute hostile surface and sub-surface targets," Lincuna stressed.

The AW-159 (previously called the Future Lynx and Lynx Wildcat) is an improved version of the Westland Super Lynx military helicopter.

It is ordered for the British Army and the United Kingdom's Royal Navy.

It has a crew of two, has a maximum speed of 291 km/h (181 mph), range of 777 km (483 miles), ferry range of 963 km (598 miles) and an endurance of one and a-half hours (fours hours and 30 minutes if fitted with auxiliary fuel)

The AW-159 is fitted with a variety of weapons capable of dealing with surface ships and submarines.

One of the armaments, the PN "Wildcat" will be armed with is the Spike NLOS missiles giving it a capability to engage hostile vessels beyond visual range.

The said weapon is manufactured by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. NLOS is short for "non-line of sight". It was originally designed to destroy tanks.

"The missile has a built-in camera that allows it to be operated day or night," the PN spokesperson.

"The Spike NLOS weapon system can be operated in either direct attack or mid-course navigation based on target coordinates only. These modes enable defeat of long-range hidden targets, with pinpoint precision, damage assessment and the obtaining of real-time intelligence," weapon manufacturer Rafael said in its website.

The Department of National Defense signed a contract with AugustaWestland, now Leonardo, to buy two AW-159 ASW helicopters for PHP5.362 billion, last year.

Lincuna said the PN will be using Spike NLOS as a anti-ship weapon due to its claimed range of 25 kilometers. (PNA)
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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on May 06, 2017, 11:41:20 PM
SIPRI isn't 101% accurate . . . but it has a pretty good batting average.

This is what the registers report

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Thales brochure

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The aircraft that'll carry it

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on May 06, 2017, 11:42:27 PM
The shape of things to come

South Korea flexes new AW159 helicopter capability in anti-submarine drills
Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Navy International
07 February 2017

http://www.janes.com/article/67533/south-korea-flexes-new-aw159-helicopter-capability-in-anti-submarine-drills

In a demonstration of its newly attained submarine prosecution capabilities, the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has deployed its AW159 helicopters on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) drills for the first time, the service confirmed with Jane's on 7 February.

The exercises, which included the deployment of the helicopter's dipping sonar system, were conducted with a squadron of four airframes near the port of Busan, and tested helicopters' ability to interoperate with its surface ships to jointly prosecute submarines, said the service.

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South Korea announced the acquisition of eight AW159 helicopters under the country's Maritime Operational Helicopter programme in 2013. The first batch of four helicopters was delivered in June 2016, while a subsequent batch of four was handed over by Leonardo's Helicopter Division in November the same year.

The platform is equipped with Thales' FLASH Compact Sonics low-frequency active dipping sonar and acoustic processing suite, and the Seaspray 7000E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar supplied by Selex. Weapons that can be deployed from the helicopter include the K745 Cheong Sangeo (Blue Shark) lightweight torpedo, and depth charges.

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Photo c/o IHS Janes

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on December 31, 2017, 03:35:13 AM
SARO issued

From: http://www.dbm.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/SARO/2017/SARO%20RELEASES%20AS%20OF%20DECEMBER%2022,%202017.pdf

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: Invictus on January 03, 2018, 10:04:58 AM
2 deliveries in 2018 to beef up Navy's capability (http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1020257)

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Second on the deliverables for the PN are two brand-new AgustaWestland AW-159 "Wildcat" anti-submarine helicopters which are expected to arrive the last quarter of 2018 and early 2019, Andolong added.

He did not further elaborate on what weapons and surveillance systems the AW-159s would be carrying for security reasons.
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on January 03, 2018, 11:11:54 AM
Nice one Mr. I  :)
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on February 19, 2018, 10:09:27 PM
2 choppers for new PHL warships to arrive September —Navy chief
Published February 17, 2018 4:36pm
By AMITA LEGASPI, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/643739/2-choppers-for-new-phl-warships-to-arrive-september-navy-chief/story/

BAGUIO CITY — Two helicopters that will be part of the two new warships of the Philippine Navy will be delivered in September.

“Oo, may darating na chopper sa September of this year, dalawa,” Navy flag-officer-in-command Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad told reporters during the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Homecoming on Saturday.

“Kasama ng frigate ‘yun supposed to be, laging sakay sa frigate dapat ‘yun,” he added, referring to the two warships built by South Korean company Hyundai Heavy Industries.

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: Sinagtala on April 17, 2018, 10:13:20 PM
HEADQUARTERS PHILIPPINE NAVY
OFFICE OF THE PHILIPPINE NAVY BIDS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
Naval Station Jose Francisco, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

1. The Philippine Navy through the Philippine Navy Bids and Awards Committee (PNBAC) invites all
contractors/suppliers/manufacturers/distributors to bid for the project as stated below:

Nomenclature/Activity: AC-PNBAC-2018-08 Supply and Delivery of Repair Parts for CEIS Equipment of
Four (4) AW109 (NH430, NH431, NH432, NH434) and Two (2) ASW (ASW-1, ASW-2) Helicopter

Approved Budget for the Contract (PhP): P 5,914,867.00

Price of Bid Documents (nonrefundable): P 10,000.00

Pre-Bid Conference (PBC): April 12, 2018 9:00 AM (Thursday)

Submission & Opening of Bid Envelopes (SOBE): April 25, 2018 9:00 AM (Wednesday)

Delivery Period: One Hundred Twenty (120) Calendar Days upon receipt of Notice To Proceed (NTP)

2. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected during the Bid Opening. Interested
Bidders may obtain further information from PN BAC in the given address below from 8:00 AM to 5:00
PM, Monday to Friday.

3. Issuance of Bidding Documents: April 5 to 24, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday

4. PNBAC Secretariat will provide a complete set of Bidding Documents to the interested Bidders upon
payment of a non-refundable fee in the amount indicated above at CRB, CPMU, Philippine Navy
Finance Center (PNFC), Naval Station Jose Francisco, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

http://navy.mil.ph/downloads/1523588963-CEIS%20Eqmt%20of%204%20AW109%202%20ASW.pdf
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on May 26, 2018, 01:42:56 PM
From: https://www.facebook.com/groups/philippineplanespotters/permalink/1693165990720324/

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on May 27, 2018, 07:04:06 AM
Video from the 120th PN anniversary

From: https://www.facebook.com/PTVph/videos/2147378628656129/

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: baybum7 on May 27, 2018, 07:21:34 AM
From: https://www.facebook.com/groups/philippineplanespotters/permalink/1693165990720324/

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Found this here (http://"http://www.militaryaircraftmarkings.co.uk/updates/MAMupdate152-2018.pdf"):
ZZ549 AgustaWestland AW159 Mk.220 Leonardo MW, for Philippine Navy
ZZ550 AgustaWestland AW159 Mk.220 Leonardo MW, for Philippine Navy
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: dr demented on July 25, 2018, 07:16:41 AM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1042470

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PH Navy: Delivery of 2 anti-sub helicopters set in March 2019

By Priam Nepomuceno July 24, 2018, 3:58 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) will receive its first two anti-submarine helicopters, AgustaWestland AW159 "Wildcat", in March next year.

"Siguro sa March ang delivery (The delivery is probably in March 2019)," PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said when asked about the delivery dates for the two aircraft, during an interview with reporters Monday.

The AW159s, to be sourced from the Anglo-Italian aircraft manufacturer AgustaWestland, will help the two missile-armed frigates being constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries for PHP18 billion, against submarine attacks.

"Itong anti-submarine warfare will (help the frigates against submarine attacks) kasi yun submarine ang magpapalubog ng mga barko (These anti-submarine helicopters will help the frigates against submarine attacks because submarines sink ships). So this will help in the defense of the frigates," Empedrad added.

The contract for the two anti-submarine helicopters is worth PHP5.4 billion and includes munition, mission essential equipment, and integrated logistic support. The AW159, previously called the Future Lynx and Lynx Wildcat, is an improved version of the Westland Super Lynx military helicopter.

The helicopter, which has been ordered for the Royal Navy and British Army, is capable of speeds of 291 km/h, has a range of 777 km., a ferry range of 963 km., and an endurance of one-and-a-half hours (four hours and 30 minutes if fitted with auxiliary fuel).

The AW159 can be fitted with forward firing CRV7 rockets and machine guns, pintle-mounted machine gun, Sea Skua missiles, and Sting-Ray torpedoes and depth charges. (PNA)
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: sbhntr on July 25, 2018, 11:35:35 PM
Is it still thales system on the helo and hanwha on the frig? If so, I think this would be the point where the pn should  go to hyundai and tell them: well, since you chose the cms, we want you to guarantee that the two systems will be able to “talk” for the duration of their projected lives. If it becomes necessary to either change the helicopter’s on board system or do modifications to the shipboard gear, you will be shouldering the cost” (and no using old, used, recycled from the korean navy stuff, either.) with the speed of upgrades, the last thing the pn should be told after one, two years, is that they need to buy new avionics for the helos. jm2c
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: jetmech on July 26, 2018, 12:41:45 PM
  Should not be an issue if the Korean wildcat's systems were integrated successfully with Korean frigates/ DDs using Hanwa CMS. That's "if". ACQ 101, before milestone A or B?
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: sbhntr on July 29, 2018, 03:51:02 AM
lol! "if" bold and italicized.

Jetmech: I was looking at the lifecycle chart and I think its in between the end of milestone a and start of c. Milestone C is lrip but in this case, there is no lrip, its full production…..

For the curious ones, please see this site: https://www.dau.mil/tools/t/Department-of-Defense-Acquisition-Life-Cycle-Chart
heck...folks can probably use it as a checklist and see where they perceive the program is and what problems may pop up. mind you, the conclusion you have may not be the same as the PNs' (which is the official one).
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on July 29, 2018, 04:16:41 AM
Is it still thales system on the helo and hanwha on the frig? If so, I think this would be the point where the pn should  go to hyundai and tell them: well, since you chose the cms, we want you to guarantee that the two systems will be able to “talk” for the duration of their projected lives. If it becomes necessary to either change the helicopter’s on board system or do modifications to the shipboard gear, you will be shouldering the cost” (and no using old, used, recycled from the korean navy stuff, either.) with the speed of upgrades, the last thing the pn should be told after one, two years, is that they need to buy new avionics for the helos. jm2c

The Korean navy itself uses the same integration. So all the PN would actually be doing would be piggy backing on a technology partnership that already exists, and is already curated by DAPA.

South Korea flexes new AW159 helicopter capability in anti-submarine drills | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/67533/south-korea-flexes-new-aw159-helicopter-capability-in-anti-submarine-drills) - 07 February 2017
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The exercises, which included the deployment of the helicopter's dipping sonar system, were conducted with a squadron of four airframes near the port of Busan, and tested helicopters' ability to interoperate with its surface ships to jointly prosecute submarines, said the service.

Also participating in the exercises was the service's Incheon (FFX-I)-class guided-missile frigate, RoKS Gwangju (817).

South Korea announced the acquisition of eight AW159 helicopters under the country's Maritime Operational Helicopter programme in 2013. The first batch of four helicopters was delivered in June 2016, while a subsequent batch of four was handed over by Leonardo's Helicopter Division in November the same year.

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A Republic of Korea Navy AW159 helicopter, conducting drills with the Incheon-class frigate Gwangju in January 2017. Source: Republic of Korea Navy
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: jetmech on July 30, 2018, 06:20:26 AM
lol! "if" bold and italicized.

Jetmech: I was looking at the lifecycle chart and I think its in between the end of milestone a and start of c. Milestone C is lrip but in this case, there is no lrip, its full production…..

For the curious ones, please see this site: https://www.dau.mil/tools/t/Department-of-Defense-Acquisition-Life-Cycle-Chart
heck...folks can probably use it as a checklist and see where they perceive the program is and what problems may pop up. mind you, the conclusion you have may not be the same as the PNs' (which is the official one).

   The "ifs" are: Is the Wildcat of the PN completely identical with the SOKORs? If not, then that's another unknown. Or, was the SOKOR integration with surface ships made with CMS before the breakup of Thales/ Hanwa? Integration should have happened way before the production of the FFGs & the Wildcats. But this acquisition was ass backwards. They were still debating the CMS before the steel cutting! One software best practice: "design twice, code once" and design/ software changes takes more than 20% of acquisition budget. Life cycle support planning (cradle to grave) is the rest. Hopefully, there is no rewriting of software to integrate systems or inter-operatabilties with other Philippine assets, Del Pilars, MPACs (missile armed), coast watch systems (that balloon in Palawan) and what else. $$$$$$$ and time.

   Mr. A, I would be careful of SOKOR DAPA. How many SOKOR acquisitions (their own) lately have been identified with questionable dealings on their watch? Philippine interest first. 
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on November 04, 2018, 03:20:38 PM
https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/1903720509713787/

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on November 05, 2018, 12:38:09 PM
https://www.flickr.com/photos/13531741@N08/31792886018/

pasty_1955 Follow
ZZ549 - Wildcat Mk220 - Philippine Navy-LH
Outside the factory at Yeovil - 1st November 2018

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on November 07, 2018, 02:34:36 PM
https://airforcesmonthly.keypublishing.com/2018/11/06/philippine-wildcat-under-test/?fbclid=IwAR2lEOjOjBTRcGwcEYaZA9609yP21Et-Znd1zgTfjpizq_ghOVCqVXQmdig

The first AW159 Wildcat multi-mission maritime helicopter for the Philippines is now under test in the UK. The rotorcraft was sighted recently at the Leonardo Helicopters facility in Yeovil, Somerset. Photographed yesterday by contributor Kevin Wills, the first of two AW159s for the Philippine Navy wears the UK military test serial ZZ549 and a British roundel. Philippine national markings and the Philippine Naval Air Group insignia have been applied. The aircraft reportedly made its first flight on November 1.

After the Philippine Navy selected the Wildcat as its preferred option for two new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters, on March 17, 2014 the Department of National Defence (DND) confirmed that 5.4bn pesos ($120.479m) had been approved for the acquisition. A formal contract was finally signed on March 29, 2016, and deliveries were scheduled to take place this year.

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on November 08, 2018, 02:20:00 AM
From Scramble Magazine

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/1908355222583649/

Kevin Wills provided us a very fine picture of the first of two AW159 Wildcats for the Pilipinas Hukbong Himpapawid (PHH, Philippine Naval Aviation).

The Leonardo Helicopters Wildcat, with UK roundel and flight test serial ZZ549, is currently under test from its birth ground Yeovil, Somerset (UK). The helicopter is already furnished with Philippine markings on the tail section and the Hukbong Dagat ng Pilipinas (HDP, Philippine Navy) badge on the pilots door.

It expected that the anti-submarine helicopters will be delivered in March 2019, three years after the Philippine Government signed the some USD 114 million contract for the Wildcats on 29 March 2016. The two AW159s will be based at Danielo Atienza air base but are also planned to embark the two HDP frigates on order from Hyundai Heavy Industries. The PHH already operates six AgustaWestland AW109E Powers and three Bo105Cs with Naval Air Squadron MF-40. Sister Naval Air Squadron MF-30 operates the fixed wing aircraft of the PHH, five BN-2As and three TC-90s.

Photo credit: Kevin Wills

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on November 28, 2018, 10:12:32 AM
PH Navy announces arrival in Q1 2019 of its first-ever anti-submarine warfare helicopters
Published November 27, 2018, 6:13 PM
By Francis Wakefield

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/11/27/ph-navy-announces-arrival-in-q1-2019-of-its-first-ever-anti-submarine-warfare-helicopters/?fbclid=IwAR1jJCOWyndTlH9Vu2R0GIGnK8hqCsH0sJebOKjUa7cAzi9Yc7IDP7Lhal0

The Philippine Navy (PN) announced the arrival in the first quarter of 2019 of its first-ever anti-submarine warfare helicopters.

In an interview, Navy spokesman Commander Jonathan Zata said with the arrival of two Agusta Westland AW159 Wildcat helicopters, the PN will now have the capability of securing not only the country’s surface waters but also underwater.

He said the helicopters which are equipped with sensors and weapon systems, can track/detect and counter submarines.

“It’s a big leap essentially dahil (because) with this capability we now have this tool or we have this important capability of securing not only the surface waters that we have but also underwater,” Zata said.

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: Ayoshi on December 02, 2018, 12:53:51 AM
Philippine AW159s in testing | Shephard Media (https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/defence-helicopter/philippines-receive-agustawestland-aw-159-helicopt/) - 30th November 2018 - 07:30 GMT
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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.
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on December 13, 2018, 03:16:49 PM
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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on December 16, 2018, 12:20:41 PM
Taken on November 13, 2018 by
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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on January 10, 2019, 03:27:16 PM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1058345
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on February 03, 2019, 12:01:28 PM
PH Navy's first 2 anti-submarine choppers to arrive in May
By Priam Nepomuceno  February 1, 2019, 12:05 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1060713?fbclid=IwAR1NMOlpVKjSdhoToxPelfQ651SGBRoDoIRTsst8mULHzaCbzoAkQ4bEk1I

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy’s (PN) first two anti-submarine helicopters, the AgustaWestland AW-159 "Wildcat", are set to arrive in May.

"Anti-submarine helicopters are in the process of being acquired (and) additional info from the PN (said) they will arrive in May 2019," Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) when sought for an update on the aircraft Thursday night.

These aircraft, upon integration, will provide the PN the capability to detect, monitor and if necessary, engage surface and sub-surface threats.

Earlier reports said the two ASW helicopters are undergoing flight-tests in the United Kingdom.

Acquisition contract for the helicopters is worth PHP5.4 billion, including their munition, mission essential equipment, and integrated logistic support.

The AW-159, previously called the Future Lynx and Lynx Wildcat, is an improved version of the Westland Super Lynx military helicopter.

The helicopter has been ordered for the Royal Navy and British Army.

It is capable of speeds of 291 km. per hour, a range of 777 km., a ferry range of 963 km., and an endurance of one-and-a-half hours (four hours and 30 minutes if fitted with auxiliary fuel).

The AW-159 can also be armed with rockets, machine guns, missiles, torpedoes, and depth charges. (PNA)
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on May 01, 2019, 02:37:24 PM
Scramble Magazine posts photos by Kevin Mills

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/2162929210459581/

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on May 04, 2019, 11:29:45 PM
Navy to receive 2 helicopters from UK
Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) - May 4, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy is set to receive two brand new anti-submarine helicopters from the United Kingdom next week.

Navy spokesman Capt. Jonathan Zata said the two helicopters, the AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 “Wildcats,” are on their way for delivery.

The government procured the two state-of-the-art helicopters for P5.4 billion from UK-based Leonardo in line with the Navy’s capability upgrade projects under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program.

Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad and defense officials were in UK last month for pre-delivery test and inspection of the two helicopters.

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Read more at https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/05/04/1914890/navy-receive-2-helicopters-uk#ou6YJL5pZdMO5SmR.99
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on May 05, 2019, 01:06:24 PM
C/o Jojo Palma from PPSG

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/2168853713200464/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/philippineplanespotters/permalink/2173413186028933/

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: Ayoshi on May 08, 2019, 01:56:14 AM
https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/defence-helicopter/imdex-2019-wildcats-touch-down-philippines/

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IMDEX 2019: Wildcats touch down in Philippines
7th May 2019 - 07:33 GMT

Two AW159 Wildcat helicopters belonging to the Philippine Navy (PN) arrived on home shores on 7 May, having been delivered via a chartered Antonov An-124 transport aircraft that departed from London-Stansted Airport.

The AW159s arrived in Manila, but they will be transported to Danilo Atienza Air Base in Cavite for reassembly. Subsequently they will be based there as part of Naval Aviation Squadron MH-40 of the Naval Air Group. This squadron already operates AW109E Power helicopters.

The two new Leonardo aircraft with tail numbers 440 and 441 are expected to be formally inducted on 27 May, a date that marks the 121st anniversary of the PN.

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The Philippines will typically embark these helicopters aboard two 2,600t Jose Rizal-class frigates currently being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries.

The aircraft represent the first anti-submarine warfare (ASuW) platforms for the PN, and they will fulfil this role with dipping sonar, sonobuoys and LIG Nex1 K745 Blue Shark torpedoes (two launchers with six lightweight torpedoes can be carried).

Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on May 10, 2019, 12:40:06 PM
Arnel M Rabina @ Philippine Plane Spotters Group

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: Manokski on June 20, 2019, 04:34:20 AM
Looks like the PN received the new weapons carriage wing which replaces the older stores pylon:
https://navaltoday.com/2019/06/19/philippine-navy-commissions-first-aw159-asw-helicopters/

https://defence.pk/pdf/threads/leonardo-reveals-new-weapons-wing-for-lynx-wildcat.542405/
https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/defence-helicopter/leonardos-lynx-wildcat-weapons-wing-takes-shape/

Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on June 20, 2019, 01:53:06 PM
From the PN Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/philippinenavy/photos/pb.190479452955.-2207520000.1561009577./10156557836822956/

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on June 30, 2019, 07:38:12 AM
Anti-sub helis capable of disaster response missions
By Priam Nepomuceno  June 28, 2019, 11:54 am

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1073542

MANILA -- Aside from detecting, hunting and if necessary sinking hostile submarines, the Philippine Navy (PN)'s two newly-acquired AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 anti-submarine helicopters are capable of doing tasks aimed at the preservation of human life especially in times of disasters.

This was stressed by Navy spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata Thursday when asked what other missions can the AW-159s can do aside from its military missions.

"Secondary roles of the AW-159 include humanitarian assistance and disaster response operation/search-and-rescue(HADR/SAR) and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC)," he added in a message to the Philippine News Agency.

Such capabilities are considered very welcome as the PN is one of the first responders in times of calamities.

The two anti-submarine helicopters were commissioned into PN service last June 17, more than a month after these arrived in the country last May 7.

Zata said the two "Wildcat" helicopters will be deployed aboard the two Jose Rizal-class missile frigates, being constructed by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries and scheduled for delivery in 2020.

The aircraft were acquired for PHP5.4 billion including its munition, mission essential equipment and integrated logistic support.

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on January 17, 2020, 11:58:21 AM
Navy's anti-sub choppers to be operational in November
By Priam Nepomuceno  January 16, 2020, 5:33 pm

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1091023

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN)'s first two anti-submarine helicopters, the AgustaWestland (AW) 159 'Wildcat", will be operational in detecting, and if necessary, destroy submersibles encroaching on the country's waters this November.

"The helicopters are okay and the (crew is) still undergoing training (on how to operate the aircraft and its various systems). Our full anti-submarine warfare capability will be completed this year once the delivery of its weapons (torpedoes and missiles) are completed along with the training of the Naval Air (Group) pilots (selected to man the helicopters). I think the target date is November," PN flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad told a media interview on Wednesday night.

Once these requirements are met, Empedrad said the AW-159s can locate hostile submarines and destroy them with torpedoes if needed.

Earlier, the PN said the first batch of South Korean-made LIG Nex1 "Blue Shark" lightweight torpedoes, which will serve as the primary weapon of the two AW-159 helicopters, arrived in the country last July.

The AW-159 helicopters, which were delivered on May 7, 2019 and commissioned on June 17 of the same year, were acquired for PHP5.4 billion including its munition, mission essential equipment and integrated logistic support.

They can also be armed with rockets, machine guns, missiles, torpedoes, and depth charges and fitted with modern sonar systems for tracking down submarines. (PNA)

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Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: djbaracudz on January 24, 2020, 09:26:22 PM
    pardon my ignorance guys....that orange thing on the pylon... is it a practice round or the good thing?
Title: Re: PN Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project
Post by: adroth on May 24, 2020, 04:18:48 AM
The two critical pieces of the ASW puzzle . . . together

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PH Navy’s newest missile capable frigate arrives in the Philippines

https://www.facebook.com/philippinenavy/posts/10157529670232956

The Philippine Navy’s first missile-capable warship, which will be christened BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) once it is commissioned to service, finally arrived in Subic, Zambales today, May 23 after its five day maiden voyage from Ulsan, South Korea.

Upon reaching the Philippine waters early morning of May 21, FF150 exchanged signals and communications through radio with BRP Quezon (PS70) that is currently deployed in Mavulis Island, Batanes.

On early morning of May 22, the Naval Forces Northern Luzon welcomed FF150 by rendering a meeting procedure with its first patrol boat division composed of three patrol boats at the vicinity of Bolinao, Pangasinan. Later in the afternoon, BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) with one Augusta Westland (AW) 109 helicopter and C-90 Fixed Wing Aircraft conducted a meeting procedure with FF150 along the vicinity of Sta. Cruz, Zambales. It was then escorted by PS17 to its designated anchorage area.

Earlier today, frigate Jose Rizal was accorded the traditional passing honors with PS17 and three multipurpose assault crafts (MPACs). The momentous event was captured during the fly-by of two naval helicopters – the anti-submarine helicopter, AW159 and AW109.

The Commander, Offshore Combat Force, Commodore Karl Decapia who presided the arrival of FF150 indicated that this signals the realization of a modern navy that is capable of imposing the Navy's territorial defense mandate. This frigate is capable of fighting the four dimensions of warfare. He then thanked Philippine leadership for standing behind the PN modernization in pursuit of a credible and modern navy.

In a separate statement, the Philippine Fleet commander, Rear Adm. Loumer Bernabe greeted all the officers and men of FF150, PN Frigate Owners representatives and the support team from Republic of Korea, saying, “We are one with the Filipino people in expressing our profound gratitude in bringing pride and honor to the Philippine Navy and the AFP".

"Our countrymen expect nothing less than the selfless and honorable service that we in the Fleet have sworn to uphold and protect. I enjoin everyone to sustain the momentum that you have gained and continue to aspire for competence and excellence", he added.

While at anchor, the sailing crew will undergo two-week quarantine in adherence to the strict health protocols being implemented by the Philippine government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Technical Inspection and Acceptance of the frigate shall commence after the quarantine period. A simple arrival and commissioning ceremony is poised to be conducted on June 19 coinciding with the birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, the ship’s namesake.

The arrival of FF150 in the country is yet another major leap toward the fulfillment of the PN’s thrust of having modern platforms and systems which provide opportunities for its personnel to develop modern mindsets and propel the whole organization into becoming a multi-capable naval force responsive to our maritime nation’s defense and development.