The Naval Research and Technology Development Center (NRTDC) assessed a potential system for naval operations last March 4.
The manned hybrid aircraft, also known as Winged-In Surface Effect (WISE) aircraft, is currently being developed by Cebu Technological University through the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD). It was proposed to the Philippine Navy to help its transportation and logistics operations and other naval operations.
Specifically, once completed, the aircraft will be used to transport personnel and supplies anywhere within the country. Moreover, it could be used for rescue and hospital transport, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR), maritime surveillance, amphibious operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), launching and recovery of unmanned surface and sub surface vessels, and could carry towed array and sensors.
*Report from Christian Joshua DR Novelo