New Attack Helicopters, C-295 aircraft turned over to AFP

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Two new T-129 “ATAK” Helicopters from Turkey and a C-295 Medium Lift Aircraft from Spain were officially turned over to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

The joint turn-over and blessing ceremony of the newly-acquired air assets was held at the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing Hangar in Villamor Airbase, Pasay City.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana presided over the activity as the guest of honor. He was joined by Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria, AFP Vice Chief of Staff and Lieutenant General Connor Anthony Canlas, Philippine Air Force (PAF) Commanding General.

Delivered on March 9, the ATAK Helicopters are part of PAF’s 6-unit acquisition from the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in line with Horizon 2 of the AFP Modernization Plan.

The twin-engine, multi-role, all-weather T-129 helicopter is designed for advanced attack and reconnaissance missions. The units will complement the several surface strike systems of the Air Force and will support the numerous missions of the military.

The C-295 aircraft on the other hand arrived in the Philippines on March 28. It is part of the first batch of deliveries from the Airbus Defense and Space (ADS) of Spain which comprises the Command and Control Fixed-Wing Turbo Prop Acquisition project.

The new asset is the first of the three C-295s that the government acquired under the Medium Lift Aircraft Acquisition Project. It will be utilized to transport personnel and equipment as well as support disaster relief and humanitarian assistance operations by the AFP. — AFP

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