US Air Force F-16s arrives for bilateral exercise with Philippine Air Force


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The F-16s of the 13th Fighter Squadron of the US Air Force known as the PANTHERS arrived in the country on March 12, 2022.

The US Air Force will participate in the 12-day exercise with the Philippine Air Force Units, particularly the 5th Fighter Wing, 7th Fighter Squadron (BULLDOGS), and 105th Fighter Training Squadron (BLACKJACKS) from 14 to 25 March 2022. It will involve up to 12 F-16s alongside the aircraft of the Philippine Air Force.

The exercise is the 10th iteration of the Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange – Philippines (BACE-P 10-22), an Air Force-to-Air Force training between the United States Armed Forces and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

It will be executed in different areas in the country such as in Basa Air Base, Floridablanca, Pampanga; Clark Air Base, Mabalacat City, Pampanga; Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base, Capas, Tarlac; and in Wallace Air Station in San Fernando La Union.

The exercise focuses on a wide range of mission sets such as Air-to-Air Engagement, Base Defense, Air Traffic Navigations and Integration Coordination, Air Battle Management, Air Defense Command and Control Operations, Radar and Radio Operations, Surface to Air Missile Operation, and Deployment Planning.

The AFP maintains joint training exercises and information exchanges with other Armed Forces to strengthen partnership, improve interoperability, and build each other’s capacity to address local and regional security concerns.


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