PHL’s first submarine hunter helicopter continues test flights

Security & Defense

Tom D. Jones, an aviation photography enthusiast and a UK Airshow Review Staff Member, has posted on his Instagram and FLICKR accounts photos of Philippine Navy’s first of two ordered AW159 Wildcat anti-submarine warfare helicopter from Leonardo, formerly AgustaWestland.

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A very rare catch at Yeovil on Friday. The first AW159 Wildcat for the Philippine Navy was on some test flights in great winter light. This machine has only been flying for a few weeks, and is one of just two on order. Carrying a UK MoD roundel and serial in addition to the Philippine Navy roundel, I was pleased to catch such a rare (if visually unremarkable) machine. #aw159 #wildcat #agusta #agustawestland #leonardo #lynx #lynxWildcat #navy #flynavy #antisubmarine #helicopter #heli #instaheli #philippines #philippinenavy #yeovil #avgeek #aviation#aviationphotography #instaaviation #instagramaviation #military #militaryaviation #aircraft #ASW #test #flighttest #westland #verticalmag


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“This machine has only been flying for a few weeks, and is one of just two on order. Carrying a UK MoD roundel and serial in addition to the Philippine Navy roundel, I was pleased to catch such a rare (if visually unremarkable) machine,” said Jones describing one of the photos.

The first test flight of said helicopter was reported early November.

Leonardo is expected to deliver early 2019.