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AW159 Wildcat @ PN service
« on: June 09, 2021, 03:50:00 AM »
Images prior to delivery

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



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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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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



Scramble Magazine posts photos by Kevin Mills

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Re: AW159 Wildcat @ PN service
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2021, 03:53:11 AM »
Delivery

C/o Jojo Palma from PPSG

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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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The two critical pieces of the ASW puzzle . . . together




PH Navyís newest missile capable frigate arrives in the Philippines

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The Philippine Navyís 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 Ė 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, ďWe 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 shipís namesake.

The arrival of FF150 in the country is yet another major leap toward the fulfillment of the PNís 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 nationís defense and development.
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Re: AW159 Wildcat @ PN service
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2021, 04:03:32 AM »