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Philippines to acquire anti submarine helicopter

Finally the Philippines has awarded the first two anti-submarine helicopters to Anglo-Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland formally signed the contract to the Philippine Navy worth P5.36 billion on Wednesday.

Fernando Manalo, defense undersecretary for finance, munition, materials and modernization said that the delivery for the first helicopter will take place within 900 days after the signing of notice to proceed.

The AW159 Wildcat, known as Future Lynx and Lynx Wildcat, is also used by the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. It is designed for search and rescue operations as well as anti-surface warfare.

The purchase of the anti-submarine warfare helicopters is part of the P44 billion multi-year contract approved by President Aquino III last November for the AFP modernization.

The two helicopters will likely be stationed aboard the Hamilton-class BRP Gregorio Del Pilar and the Hero-class frigate Ramon Alcaraz. Both vessels were acquired from the U.S coast guard.
Weapon systems could potentially include British made Sting Ray torpedoes, depth charges, Thales Martlet lightweight multi role missiles and Anglo French Sea Venom anti ship missiles.

In addition to DND's procurement lists are the two frigates, two twin engine long range patrol aircraft,three aerial surveillance radars. 

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