Double Support to the Navy

Double Support to the Navy 21 June, 2019


The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and four Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicles (KAAVs) in a ceremony held on 17 June at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City.

The AW159s as part of a USD 101 million contract signed with Leonardo in 2016, feature anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. The rotorcraft are expected to be deployed from the PN's two José Rizal-class frigates. The first of these frigates is set to be delivered to the PN in September 2020 and the second one in 2021.

In the ASW role the AW159s can be equipped with active dipping sonar, sonobuoys, depth charges, and torpedoes. Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicles are armed with 50 calibre machine guns and 40 mm grenade launchers and smoke launchers.

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