Philippine Navy takes ‘great leap’ with new anti-submarine helicopters

/ 02:36 PM May 07, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – For many years, the Philippine Navy has not been able to detect submarines of its mightier neighbors lurking in the country’s waters.

But that is about to change.


The Navy will finally have a top-of-the-line anti-submarine capability with the acquisition of two AgustaWestland AW-159 helicopters.

 AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters. Photo from Leonardo Company website

AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters. Photo from Leonardo Company website

“It’s a great leap sa capability natin kasi meron na tayong facility that can locate subsurface, submarines na dumadaan sa waters natin,”  Flag Officer in Command Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said Tuesday.


He said the helicopters arrived early Tuesday but did not discuss other details.

The two helicopters were acquired for P5.4 billion, including its mission essential equipment, munition, and integrated logistic support.

“Limited lang yung makikita dahil dalawa lang, ang luwag-luwag ng dagat natin. Pero at least yung mga nasa sea lanes of communication natin pwedeng ma-monitor kung may dumaan na submarines,” he said.

“It can destroy submarines because meron siyang torpedoes, not only detection, Ang ganda ng capability na ito kaya lang sa luwag ng dagat natin kailangan maraming ganyan,” he added.

The Philippines has one of the world’s longest coastlines.

The new helicopters will be augmented with the proposed installation of sonar capabilities for the Del Pilar-class offshore patrol vessels, Empedrad said.

The new helicopters will undergo inspection and a series of tests before they are showcased during the Navy’s anniversary later this month. /gsg


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