Leonardo will be delivering the first AW169 in the Philippines and another AW139 for VIP or corporate transport in the next few months.
The company is expanding its presence in the Philippines following its recent delivery of AgustaWestland AW119Kx and a GrandNew to corporate clients,
Both the AW169 and AW139 will be used for VIP/corporate transport, the company announced Thursday.
The AW169 is a new generation eight-10 seat light intermediate twin-turbine helicopter, featuring class-leading performance and latest safety standards in its category, according to the company.
On the other hand, the AW139 provides Category A performance capabilities with no limitations in a wide range of operating conditions.
The company signed a contract with the Philippine Air Force in 2013 for eight AW109 Power light twin-engine helicopters to be used for homeland security, armed reconnaissance, and close support, of which deliveries started in 2014.
Leonardo’s range of commercial helicopters in the Philippines is supported by Royal Star Aviation, Incorporated.
Royal Star Aviation is an independent business which entered the commercial aircraft (helicopter and fixed wing) charter market. It provides passenger service, aerial photography, movie coverage, sling operations, geographical surveys, offshore passenger service, emergency rescue, and aircraft maintenance.
Leonardo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hensoldt to jointly develop Mode-5 IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) solutions. The two companies, working together as “Team Skytale”, have already been selected as preferred bidder by the UK Ministry of Defence to upgrade IFF systems on more than 400 land, sea and air vehicles
Leonardo DRS has signed an agreement to acquire Daylight Solutions, a US firm that develops and supplies quantum cascade laser products and technology. “Acquisition of Daylight Solutions is a first significant step forward towards the objectives of growth and development of the Industrial Plan 2017-2021
Boeing and Italys Leonardo have teamed up to enter the US Air Forces UH-1N Huey replacement competition and will offer a militarized version of the Italian firms AW139 helicopter. The aircraft, dubbed the MH-139, will need to incorporate a number of modifications to bring it in line with the services survivability specifications,
Austrian-based Schiebel has selected Leonardo to deliver its active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar technology for armed forces of an African Nations Camcopter S-100 unmanned air system (UAS). PicoSAR radar will be used to support border-monitoring and anti-terrorism surveillance missions
Leonardo announced the signing of a contract with Italys Guardia di Finanza (Italian law enforcement agency) for the production of 22 new generation AW169M twin-engine helicopters. The contract includes a comprehensive support and training package which could be further extended with optional services valued at an additional $112
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his countrys Ministry of Defence to cancel a deal to buy 16 Helicopters from Bell Canada after Ottawa threatened to hold up export clearance on Manilas human rights record. "I am directing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) not to buy anymore (military equipment) from Canada or from the United States because there is always a condition attached," Duterte said during the course of a press conference in Davao City
The United States today donated 300 M4 carbines, 200 Glock 21 pistols, Four M134D Gatling-style machine guns and 100 M203 grenade launchers to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts of the Philippines Marine Corps (PMC). The latest batch is part of P7
Philippine Air Forces newly acquired FA-50 fighter jets bombed a camp of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) killing twenty terrorists in Sumisip, Basilan province. The fighter jets “delivered deadly payload, inflicting heavy casualties to the ASGs
The US and Philippine annual military exercise formally opened amidst US Senate proposal seeking to limit arms sales to the Philippines due to reports of human rights violations under the Duterte administration. Two US senators filed a bill seeking restrictions on the export of certain weapons and equipment from the United States to the Philippine National Police (PNP) last Thursday
Philippines has received two more FA-50PH fighter jets from South Korea. The Philippine Air Force, with the current delivery has received a total of eight fighters
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