The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has bought the choppers for P1.6 billion and these two are due for delivery soon. According to Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas, the eurocopter has one of the most state of the art avionics among choppers to date, and it's the beginning of acquiring and replacing "old conditioned" of the PCG’s two leftover, twin-engine B- 105 Bolkow helicopters assembled in 1976.
Eurocopter EC 145 (D-HWVS) of ADAC
This is a long overdue plan by the Maritime Disaster Response Helicopter Acquisition Project, and it was the president who has decided to allocate budget of P1.64 trillion national budget for military modernization which the P1.6 billion is included,and we give credit to the President for this, Gullas said.
The Rep. Gulas stressed, that this action is to cope up the huge and fast-pace growing needs of our maritime rescue operations, oversee maritime environmental law and safety regulations.
He also cited, “We are one of the five biggest archipelago in the world, along with Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Yet, we also have one of the smallest and most poorly equipped Coast Guards,” and “We rely mainly on inter-island sea travel to move people and commodities. We are also the world’s eight-largest producer of fisheries. Yet, we cannot rapidly secure our ship passengers and fisher-folk when they are in the high seas”.
About the EC145; The Eurocopter EC145 is a twin-engine light utility helicopter manufactured by Eurocopter. Originally referred to as the BK 117 C2, the EC145 is based upon the MBB/Kawasaki BK 117 C1, which became a part of the Eurocopter line-up in 1992 when the company was formed through the merger of the Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm helicopter division of Daimler-Benz and the helicopter division of Aérospatiale-Matra.
The EC145 features a larger cabin space than the older BK 117 C1 helicopter with internal space increased by 46 cm (18 in) in length and 13 cm (5 in) in width, increasing cabin volume by 1.0 m³ (35 ft³) to 6.0 m³ (211 ft³).
The cabin arrangement allows for one or two pilots with eight passengers in a club seating configuration, or nine passengers in a high density seating configuration. The EMS/casualty evacuation arrangement can carry up to two stretcher-ed patients with three medical staff. The helicopter can be fitted with emergency floats, rescue hoist, search light, load hook and specialist equipment for other operational requirements.
Specs of the Eurocopter- General characteristics Crew: 1 or 2 (pilots) Capacity: 9 passengers Length: 13.03 m (42 ft 9 in) Rotor diameter: 11.0 m (36 ft) Height: 3.45 m (11 ft 4 in) Disc area: 95 m² (1,018 ft²) Empty weight: 1,792 kg (3,951 lb) Loaded weight: 3,585 kg (7,903 lb) Useful load: 1,793 kg (3,953 lb) Max. takeoff weight: 3,585 kg (7,903 lb) Powerplant: 2 × Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turboshafts, 550 kW (738 shp) each
Performance Never exceed speed: 268 km/h (145 kt, 167 mph) Cruise speed: 246 km/h (133 kn, 153 mph) Range: 680 km (370 nmi, 426 mi) Ferry range: 855 km (461 nmi, 530 mi) Service ceiling: 5,240 m (17,200 ft) Rate of climb: 8.1 m/s (1,600 ft/min)