Philippine Air Force gets new combat utility and attack helicopters

admin   •   August 18, 2015   •   4547

MANILA, Philippines — Ten new helicopters were turned over today to the Philippine Airforce or PAF.
These are eight Bell 412 E-P or combat utility helicopters, and two Augusta Westland AW 109E or attack helicopters.

The delivery of the combat utility helicopters under the Combat Utility Aircraft Acquisition Project of the PAF worth 4.8 billion pesos was already completed after the turned over this morning

According to PAF spokesperson Col. Enrico Canaya these are four-bladed, upgraded version that can be used in activities like combat support and airlift operations.

The attack helicopters were bought from Italy. This is the first batch delivered and the remaining six are to be delivered before the year ends. This is under the Attack Helicopter Aircraft Acquisition Project worth 3.4 billion pesos.

It is expected that before the year ends the remaining six attack helicopters will be delivered, along with two C295 medium-lift transport aircraft from Spain; two CN212i lift aircraft from Indonesia; and two FA-50 lead-in fighter aircraft from South Korea.

PAF says the acquisition of new helicopters helps a lot in the modernization of the country’s air force.

But the PAF says despite the arrival of the new aircrafts, the country still has a long way to go before achieving what is called defense credibility.

Delgado says the aircraft will be used for internal security of the country, and there has no plans yet as to whether it will be used for the defense of the West Philippine Sea.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philipp Goldberg meanwhile says, the US supports the country’s efforts when it comes to modernization of its military.

“We help support the Philippine modernization through access defense articles, and more C130’s on the pipeline. We also support it through our foreign military funding which last year was around 50 million dollars,” said Goldberg. (UNTV News)

PAF’s newly acquired combat utility and attack helicopters. (Philippine Air Force Photo)

 

PH military confirms preparations for possible enforcement of ‘martial law-like’ quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has confirmed a Philippine Air Force (PAF) document circulating online advising its personnel to prepare for the possible implementation of ‘martial law-like’ quarantine measures as earlier warned by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The memorandum dated April 17 directed unit commanders to prepare for strict implementation of a possible extensive enhanced community quarantine.

The memo further stated that the AFP will be the over all in-charge of roads and highways.

It also stated the need to request for a briefing from the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the legal and safety measures in dealing and engaging with pedestrians and motorists.

The memo leaked online a day after the president threatened to impose a ‘martial law-like’ crackdown following reports of increased public violation of quarantine protocols.

In a statement on Sunday, PAF spokesperson Aristides Galang Jr. said the internal memo was merely a preparatory move for the troops as normally done by the organization.

“The PAF is just anticipating of any scenarios in case the President, as Commander in Chief of the AFP, would decide to implement his statements lately to the public as earlier stated and prepare our troops in advance as normally done by the military organization in the past,” he said.

AFP spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo also defended the order, saying this was just issued for the purpose of providing advance information to guide its personnel.

Arevalo assured that there is no reason to be alarmed over the order as it is just a “normal reaction” of the AFP to prepare and deploy when it becomes necessary.

“What we should all be alarmed about instead is the fact that a lot of people are blatantly violating the law and disobeying the rules and health protocols which MUST be strictly enforced —otherwise people die,” he said in a statement.

“Law-abiding citizens and those who follow the rules should not worry. There is no reason to be alarmed,” he added.

Based on the report from the PNP, around 130,177 quarantine violators have been apprehended from March 17 to April 18. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Philippine Air Force to receive 2 AH-1S cobra choppers from Jordan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 29, 2019

(FILE) A Pakistani Army AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter flies over Kund mountain near Kotkai village in South Waziristan, 29 October 2009. EPA/NICOLAS ASFOURI

The Philippine Airforce (PAF) is set to add two high-end combat Bell AH-1S “Cobra” helicopters which are donated by the Jordanian government.

In a statement on Thursday (November 28), the PAF said the two-blade, single-engine attack helicopters already arrived in Clark Airbase, Pampanga on November 26.

The said attack helicopters, the PAF said, will be used primarily for close air support in internal security and counter-terrorism operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“These new assets, which are equipped with guns and rockets, will immensely help our troops on the ground and enhance the overall capability of the Philippine Air Force,” according to Department of National Defense (DND) Spokesperson Director Arsenio R. Andolong.

He also expressed optimism on the stronger defense cooperation between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Jordan.—AAC

Philippine Air Force grieves loss of Reservist A2C Isabel Granada

UNTV News   •   November 9, 2017

The Philippine Air Force gave military honor to actress Isabel Granada. Photo courtesy: Phil. Airforce

Officials and personnel of the Philippine Air Force have sent their condolences to the family and relatives of actress and Reservist Airwoman 2nd Class Isabel Granada.

According to Airforce Spokesperson Maj. Aristides Galang Jr., it was in 2001 when Granada entered the Air Force and became an active enlisted personnel.

She was also part of the volleyball team of the Philippine Air Force.

Granada’s remains arrived in the country earlier this morning from Doha Qatar where she died of aneurysm last November 4.

The Philippine Air Force gave military honor to the actress. – UNTV News & Rescue

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