The AW 159 Wildcat is set to arrive soon
The future of Philippine Military Aviation
(Part 1 of 2)
The Agusta AW 159 Wild cat the Anti-Submarine Helicopter one of the best Anti-Submarine currently in service. The Philippine Navy is set to receive their order of 2 helicopters at the second half of the year. The Helicopter will be assigned to the 2 Brand new Frigates we will be getting from Hyundai Heavy Industry slated to arrive next year. Let us take a closer look at the Wildcat to see what capabilities it will bring to our navy.
The AW159 Wildcat is a further development of the Westland Lynx. While the AW159 shares broad similarities in appearance to the Lynx, it has significant design differences and is heavily modernized and adapted to gain new attributes and functionality. The AW159 comprises 95% new components; the remaining 5%, consisting of such items as the fuel system and main rotor gearbox, are interchangeable with the Lynx AH7 and HMA8 variants.
During development, the Army and Navy variants of the Wildcat reportedly maintained 98 percent commonality with one another. The AW159 is the first helicopter by AgustaWestland to be designed inside an entirely digital environment. Among other changes, certain external elements of the Wildcat, such as the tail rotor, have been redesigned for greater durability and stealth qualities.
The Philippine Navy deemed it the winner of the selection of the latest acquisition program. The anti-submarine capability is a first for the Philippine Navy and will greatly enhance the patrol and defense capability especially in the volatile West Philippine Sea.
AgustaWestland secured the contract with the Philippines’ Department of National Defense for two helicopters along with training and support. The helicopters are scheduled to be delivered in 2018 but is currently a little delayed, the Helicopters will be arriving in the 2nd half of 2019.
The aim of providing anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface capabilities; prior to the introduction of the Wildcat, the Philippines lacked any ASW capabilities in a region where the number of submarines being operated by other nations was reportedly set to grow. The Helicopter will be housed in the two upcoming frigates
The Navy of the United Kingdom (UK) and South Korea are among the top Navies that use the AW 159 Wildcat as their primary anti-submarine helicopter. Currently, members of the Philippine Navy is in the UK undergoing training in the operation and maintenance of our new helicopters.
We hope that this will not be the last time our navy procures this type of platform to safeguard our nation from intrusions for submarines. This is really a huge boost to our navy’s capability to defend our borders and are at the ready to protect our national interests.
Crew: 2 pilots
Capacity: 5 passengers, including door gunner
Length: 15.24 m (50 ft 0 in)
Height: 3.73 m (12 ft 3 in)
Empty weight: 3,300 kg (7,275 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 6,000 kg (13,228 lb)
Powerplant: 2 × LHTEC CTS800-4N turboshaft, 1,015 kW (1,361 hp) each
Main rotor diameter: 12.8 m (42 ft 0 in)
Main rotor area: 128.7 m2 (1,385 sq ft)
Maximum speed: 311 km/h (193 mph; 168 kn)
Range: 777 km (483 mi; 420 nmi)
Ferry range: 963 km (598 mi; 520 nmi)
Endurance: 2 hr 15 min (4 hr 30 min with auxiliary fuel tanks)
Pintle-mounted machine gun, e.g. FN MAG (Army) or Browning M3M (Navy).
Air-to-surface Missile systems:
up to 20× Thales Martlet (Lightweight Multirole Missile), formerly Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Light).
up to 4× MBDA Sea Venom, formerly Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy), to disable or destroy vessels up to 1000 tonnes.
Sting Ray torpedo and Mk 11 depth charges