Italian aerospace, defence and security company Leonardo is eyeing to sell its medium-lift helicopter AgustaWestland AW101 to the Philippines, Shephard Media said in a report. Shephard Media is an international aerospace, defence and security business information, analysis and news provider.
The Department of National Defense (DND)-Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is an existing customer of Leonardo, formerly AgustaWestland.
The Philippine Navy (PN) and Philippine Air Force (PAF) are both operators of AgustaWestland AW109. Moreover, the PN is a future operator of two AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat anti-submarine helicopters.
“Campaigns are currently running in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand for the military AW101,” Shephard Media said in its report. Shephard Media had an interview with Leonardo’s senior vice president for international marketing and strategic campaigns Marco Buratti at the Singapore Airshow 2018.
According to MaxDefense Philippines, “PAF is still trying to include the acquisition of heavy lift helicopters in the Horizon 2 phase proposal although it might not be included in the priority list due to lack of funding.”
“It still remains to be seen though if adjustments can be made to allow such requirement to be funded. The AW101 may be competing with the likes of the American Boeing CH-47F Chinook and Russia Mil Mi-17 or Mi-171 Hip helicopters if a requirement for medium or heavy helilifters will indeed be floated,” MaxDefense added.
Sources: https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/defence-notes/singapore-airshow-2018-leonardo-deepen-asia-pacifi/; https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/posts/667945353376125