Wednesday, July 9, 2014

PHL ASW helicopters to be armed with torpedoes, air-to-surface missiles

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 10): PHL ASW helicopters to be armed with torpedoes, air-to-surface missiles

The Department of National Defense (DND), in its supplemental bid bulletin, announced that the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters it will be getting for the Philippine Navy (PN) will be armed with state-of-the-art torpedoes and air-to-surface missiles.

However, it declined to comment on the weapons' exact specifications for reasons of security.

But it added that interested bidders must ensure that these systems are compatible with the torpedo and air-to-surface missiles the PN is acquiring for its frigates.

The DND's ASW project is worth P5.4 billion.

Other specifications of the ASW project include:

-Endurance of at least two hours in ASW configuration;

-Range of 240 nautical miles in full ASW configuration;

-Must provide individual crew stations for pilots and operational crew to safely operate necessary sensor and equipment during ASW and ASUW (anti-surface warfare) operations. Nevertheless, suppliers may present other options which are responsive to the requirements based on modern technologies being applied in other foreign navies;

-Shall be fitted with an automatic/main rotor blade fold system (if four bladed) and/or tail pylon fold system if longer than the ship's helicopter hangar;

-Identification Friend or Foe (IFF)/Selective Identification Feature (SIF);

-Portable downlink receiver, at least one unit brand-new unit per helicopter, must be ready to be installed in any surface ship or ground station specified by Philippine Navy (PN), and must be interoperable with the installed data link system of the ASW helicopter.

Bid opening and submission for the ASW helicopter is at July 15.

Money for the two ASW helicopters will be sourced from Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Trust Fund.

Acquisition of the two ASW helicopters is under the Medium Term Development Capability Plan for 2013 to 2017.

The contract includes munition, mission essential equipment, and integrated logistic support.

Winning bidders must be able to deliver the aircraft within 730 calendar days.

The PN earlier announced that it is looking at the possibility of acquiring the AW-159 "Wildcat" as its ASW helicopters.

The Navy is in the market for two ASW helicopters.

This is part of the country's Medium Term Defense Acquisition List for the next four years.

The ASW choppers will be assigned to the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16).

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

The AW-159 will serve in the battlefield utility, search and rescue and anti-surface warfare roles.

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

It is to enter service with the British Army in 2014 and with the Royal Navy in 2015.

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 forward firing CRV7 rockets and machine guns, pintle mounted machine gun, Sea Skua missiles and Sting-Ray torpedoes and depth charges.

The acquisition process for these ASW helicopters is expected to go on full gear once the PN completes its five AW-109 order deal from AgustaWestland by the third quarter of 2014.

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