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Philippine signs contract for eight AW109 Power helicopters

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AW109 Power light twin helicopter. Photo: Augusta Westland

MANILA (BNS): The Philippine Air Force has signed a contract for eight AW109 Power light twin helicopters.

The Augusta Westland aircraft will be used to perform a range of duties including homeland security, armed reconnaissance and close support. Deliveries will start in 2014.

The contract also includes initial logistics support and training for aircrew and maintenance personnel.

The Philippine Air Force's AW109 Power configuration will feature a dedicated mission package and equipment including a combination of weapon systems.

The Philippine Navy earlier this year ordered three aircraft to enhance the service's maritime operational capability.

The AW109 Power is a three-tonne class eight seat twin engine helicopter. The spacious cabin is designed to be fitted with a number of modular equipment packages for quick and easy conversion between roles.

The aircraft's safety and survivability features include a fully separated fuel system, dual hydraulic boost system, dual electrical systems and redundant lubrication and cooling systems for the main transmission and engines.

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