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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 29, 2019   •   1670

(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 grounds entire fleet of Hueys after fatal crash in Bukidnon

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has grounded its entire fleet of UH-1H helicopters while investigations on the fatal crash in Bukidnon on Saturday (January 16) are ongoing.

“Definitely lahat ng UH-1 helicopter natin will be grounded until such time makumpleto yung thorough maintenance inspection. Part po kasi iyan ng safety procedure,” confirmed PAF Spokesperson LtCol. Aristides Galang.

The official also spoke to rectify rumors that the cause of the mishap was engine failure.

“Masyado pa po kasing maaga, so yung investigating team natin hindi po ganoon kabilis na made-determine natin kaagad kung ano yung cause of the accident, ng mishap,” he said.

“Marami po kasi tayong factors na ikino-consider. Hindi po natin masabi kaagad na may problema sa makina yung eroplano,” he added.

All five PAF personnel who were killed in the incident were given full military honors on Sunday (January 17).

They were pilot LtCol. Arnie Arroyo; co-pilot 2Lt. Mark Anthony Caabay; Sgt. Mervin Bersabe; Air First Class Stephen Agarrado; and Sgt. Julius Salvador.

Two members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) namely Jerry Ayocdo and Jhamel Sugalang who were with them were also killed in the incident.

The group was supposed to deliver food supplies to a patrol base in Impasug-Ong, Bukidnon.

Based on the latest report of the 4ID Philippine Army, the remains of the five soldiers were laid at the headquarters of the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing in Mactan Cebu while the remains of the two CAFGU members were transported to their respective hometowns and families. —MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan / Val Villaflor)

Muling pagpapadala ng OFWs sa Jordan, pinag-aaralan ng POEA

Robie de Guzman   •   December 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Pinag-aaralan na ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) ang posibilidad na muling pagpapadala ng overseas Filipino workers (OFW) sa bansang Jordan.

Magugunitang sinuspindi ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas ang deployment ng mga bagong hire na OFW matapos magpahayag ng pagkabahala si Philippine Ambassador to Jordan Akmad Sakkam dahil sa pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 doon.

Ayon kay POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia, nakikipag-ugnayan na sila sa Philippine Overseas Labor Office maging sa mga ambassador na maaaring makatulong ukol sa deployment ng mga OFW.

Philippine Air Force receives 6 Black Hawk choppers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force received six Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk choppers during a turnover ceremony in Clark Freeport, Pampanga on Thursday (December 10).

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the six Black Hawk choppers are the first batch of the 16 new combat utility helicopters bought from Poland under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program.

“We got a better deal with these aircraft. Not only is the Black Hawk more powerful, there is more payload, has a longer range, but we also got them at the price with the bell412 which is a cheaper aircraft,” he said.

Lorenzana said the deal costs P11.6 billion and has replaced the cancelled contract of 16 Bell 412EP helicopters from Canada.

The DND Secretary also said the helicopters will be useful in medical evacuation, troops insertion, as well as for the government’s COVID-19 response.

“These aircraft would greatly help the armed forces operational readiness. equipped with the Black Hawk our air force can now provide prompt and sustained day and night tactical lift as well as combat and non-combat search and rescue operations,” he said.

Ten more of the said helicopters are expected to arrive in 2021. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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