The Philippine Navy (PN) announced that specifications for its two anti-submarine helicopters, which is now undergoing bidding, is now on final review.
This was announced by PN vice commander Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad.
He added that the two anti-submarine helicopters, which are specified to be twin-engine, are also multi-role in nature and will serve as "force multiplier of the frigates (now also undergoing bidding) to protect the country's integrity and sovereignty."
Taccad said that the aircraft will have the capability to monitor, detect, interdict, and sustain sub-surface operations nationwide.
Earlier, PN chief of naval staff for logistics Capt. Alberto Carlos said that the contracts for the anti-submarine helicopters and frigates will be awarded by 2015.
"For the frigate and the anti-submarine helicopters, we are looking at signing the contract by early next year," he added.
He added that this because both assets will be working in tandem together, giving the PN a much needed punch in securing the country's vast territorial waters.
Carlos said he expects these assets to be delivered within three to four years as building brand-new ships and helicopters is a lengthy process.
The country is allocating Php18-billion for its two missile-armed frigates which can also perform anti-air, anti-submarine, and anti-surface missions.
While another Php5.4 billion is allocated for the two anti-submarine helicopters.