A proposed two units of anti-submarine (ASW) helicopters, which will be used for territorial defense by the Philippine Navy (PN), is included in the 33 projects given the green light with the signing of the program for the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Law.

This was disclosed Monday by Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary for Finance, Modernization, Installation and Munitions Fernando Manalo in a message to the PNA.

He added that the program was signed by the President Aquino last July 22.

However, Manalo said bidding for the two ASW helicopters will go the bidding stage once the Php18-billion frigate program gains momentum.

The ASW helicopters are worth Php5.4 billion.

These ASW assets will be based on the two proposed frigates which are capable of firing anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine missiles and weapons.

Also included in the 33 projects are the missile-firing frigates, long-range patrol aircraft, surveillance radars and close-air support aircraft program, which will now move their next respective bidding phase.

Featured image used, for presentation purposes only. The chopper will depend on who’s supplier will win in the bidding process.

By: Carl. E /PNA