Naval Air Wing eyes more anti-submarine choppers, long range maritime helicopters

Philippine Navy Naval Air Wing (NAW) official publication The Flight Log managing editor Captain Nelson Liwanag said in the 73rd anniversary issue of the said publication that NAW is working to “keep in pace with the fleet’s modernization efforts to attain a strong and credible navy capable of protecting our maritime interest.”

Captain Liwanag noted that NAW has a number of acquisition projects through FMF and the current Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program.

He said that projects are in different stages awaiting for funding or approval of senior defense and military leaders.

“We are vying to have additional anti submarine helicopters to complement the Jose Rizal Class Frigates. We are waiting for funding for the amphibious helicopter heavy (long range maritime helicopters) designed for tactical airlift and amphibious operations,” Liwanag said.

“We also have the naval helicopter weapons upgrade,” he added. “An amphibian aircraft which aims to provide airlift and support to PN personnel guarding our bases at [West Philippine Sea] is also expected to be acquired by the PN.”

“We are also aiming to have TC12B Huron aircraft with ISR capabilities. The NOC on the other hand further prescribes, on its long term A2/AD concept for the NAW to have the Anti Submarine Warfare Long Range Aircraft and Medium Range Patrol Aircraft in the Future, ” Captain Liwanag said.