Four Philippine Navy Naval Air Group pilots are now in United Kingdom to train for the upcoming AW159 “Wildcat” anti-submarine helicopters ordered from Leonardo, formerly AgustaWestland.
According to Pinoy Aviators, the Filipino naval aviators are at AgustaWestland Training Academy in Yeovil, South West of England (UK).
“These four Naval Aviators started their AW159 Wildcat Training on Monday. They will be the first breed of AW159 Wildcat Anti-Submarine helicopter pilots in the country. They will be flying the most expensive bird in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) inventory,” Pinoy Aviators said.
The Philippine Navy is expecting the delivery in March 2019.
The contract for the two anti-submarine helicopters was signed March 2016. The contract is worth PHP5.4 billion and includes munition, mission essential equipment, and integrated logistic support.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/PinoyAviators13/photos/a.629572590410317/2052862588081303/?type=3&theater; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1042470