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By Genalyn Kabiling

More combat utility aircraft and drones will be forthcoming to boost the country’s military air fleet.

President Duterte has announced the planned acquisition of additional military aircraft to help the country address the challenges of terrorism and external security.

President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the Philippine Air Force soldiers during the 70th Philippine Air Force anniversary at the Clark Air Base in Mabalacat, Pampanga on Tuesday. (JAY GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the Philippine Air Force soldiers during the 70th Philippine Air Force anniversary at the Clark Air Base in Mabalacat, Pampanga on Tuesday.
(JAY GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I assure you that we will build on our past gains to further strengthen the Philippine Air Force,” the President said during the 70th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force in Clark, Pampanga.

ROCKETS, MUNITIONS

Apart from aircraft and drones, the Department of National Defense has acquired rockets and munitions for the stockpile of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said a Philippine Air Force (PAF) C-130 “Hercules” cargo plane recently arrived from Tuczon, Arizona, in the United States with the rockets and munitions.

“We will continue the ongoing modernization program by procuring additional attack and combat utility vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs to complement our already existing air assets,” he said at the PAF anniversary.

The President made the promise as he paid tribute to the Air Force for its contributions to preserving the country’s security.

PAF ROLE

Apart from providing air support in counter-insurgency and law enforcement operations, Duterte recognized the Air Force’s crucial role in the operations against terrorists in Marawi City.

“As our country faces the current challenges of terrorism and external security, I call upon the men and women of the Philippine Air Force to live up to your oath with the highest degree of professionalism and competence,” he said.

Duterte opted to read his prepared short speech after seeing Air Force troops standing under heavy rain at the Clark Airfield.

He said he usually prefers to deliver impromptu remarks in public engagements but will make a rare exception in the Air Force event.

“Babasahin ko na lang ito at para madali na ang seremonya natin at umuulan [I’ll read the speech to quickly end the ceremony since it’s raining hard] I find it very unsettling sitting there and looking at you all wet,” he said.

At the PAF anniversary rites, the President also witnessed the presentation of the certificate of complete delivery of 12 FA-50PH aircraft by Korea Aerospace Industries of South Korea.

The previous government earlier acquired a dozen of the Korean-made aircraft for P18.9 billion. The final batch of the fighter jets was delivered last May.

FIGHTER JETS IN MARAWI

The FA-50PH fighter jets are currently being used in the government’s effort to flush out Islamist militants in Marawi City.

Aside from the newly acquired fighter jets from South Korea, PAF aircraft currently being use in bombing Maute controlled buildings and facilities include a Rockwell OV-10 Bronco attack aircraft, an SIAI-Marchetti SF-260 light attack plane, and the Agusta Westland AW-109 and MG-520 attack helicopters.

Meanwhile, Lorenzana said the Australian AP-3Cs Orion is currently conducting flights in Marawi City in the fight against the Maute Group.

Lorenzana said Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) flights of the Australians started June 30 and will last for two weeks.

The Australian Defense Forces (ADF) had earlier said that two AP-3Cs will conduct ISR missions in Marawi City to help the AFP defeat the Maute Group. (With a report from Francis T. Wakefield)

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  • Dutertard

    O db ganyan gnwa ni Pres. NoyNoy noon..sbi mo waste of money.. ngaun napakinabangan mo sa Marawi ung Airforce Projects nya gagayahin mo na cya?? ngaun nag aagree kna sa kanya?? eh kung ganun usapan maging LP kna rin… Dilawan si Duterte.. bwahahahha ULOL ka pla eh

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        • WATATA

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    • MAGNETIC LEVITATION

      Oh, the usual critic.. how many accounts you have? …

      note: Dilawan si Dutertard.

      • Dutertard

        Ay hnd mo alam Dilaw ako?? B0b0 mo nmn..

        • MAGNETIC LEVITATION

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          • Dutertard

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          • Dutertard

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            Oh there goes that round of bayaran again.. hahahaha…

          • Dutertard

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          • Dutertard

            nu ba yan.. eto n naman si T@nganng tagahanga daw.. untog mo ulo mo sa pader.. hnd mo ko mapipigilan sa ag mumura ko kay Duterte.. Buang!

          • MAGNETIC LEVITATION

            lol, the Presidential mouse is here. ..

          • Dutertard

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          • MAGNETIC LEVITATION

            let’s hear for President Noynoy’s Presidential mouse.

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    • lance ceellot

      boy “duretard” tupak in action.. oh yeah

    • Political Animal iyang si Duterte. During sa term ni Noynoy parang pataygutom yang kung makiusap kay PNoy tungkol kay Delima. Sobra pa sa Dilawan iyan kung maki-usap kay PNoy.

      • Dutertard

        hntayin nya maka bawe mga LP… kakainin ng buhay yang mga taga bundok na yan..

  • 10G_Internet

    magpasalamat muna ki Panot na kinasusuklaman ng mga Dutertards iiddddiot.

    Ang eroplano na FA-50 at OV-10 Bronco ay lahat galing sa binili ni Panot. Karamihan ng Bronco ay galing sa 24 units na binili ni CORY AQUINO noong 1991 (delivered in 1992).

    Noong 2010, iisa lang ang C130.
    By the end of Pnoy PANOT Terms, naging 4 na silang C-130 plus 2 will be arriving as promised by the USA OBAMA to Pnoy. Ewan ko lang kung ibibigay pa.

    3 Spanish/Indonesian-made C-295 Brand-New Cargo Plane ang binili ni Pnoy noong 2014 and 2015.

    The Airforce and the Navy and even the Army and PNP are almost well-equipped kumpara sa mga nakaraang presidente at cguro kahit ikumpara kay PDUTS na wala pa ng binibili kahit isang jet ski.

    And almost lahat na ginamit na APC at light
    tanks ay galing sa 142 M113A1 na binigay ng AMERICA as part of EDA/FMC.
    20 of those M113 ay pinadala sa Israel at Turkey at nilagyan ng TURRET
    na katulad ng SCORPION TANK.

    Gamit na gamit din ang SSV na ni-order ni Pnoy sa INDONESIA.
    .

    Ang nasa dagat ng Iligan at Zamboanga na mga patrol vessels ay binnili ni
    Pnot thru JICA grant ang 10-Brand-NEW COAST GUARD VESSELS na gawa sa
    YOKOHAMA SHIPYARD.

    Also ang ginamit na precision bomber ay yung ilang AGUSTA WESTLAND AW-109 GUNSHIPS.

    Galing sa MALAMPAYA OIL ROYALTY, 6 silang AGUSTA WESTLAND AW-109 GUNSHIPS ang binilli ni PANOT na kinasusuklaman nyo.

    Those GUNSHIPS are designed para sa BRP GOYO, BRP MOCHING, and BRP ANDY
    …..ginagamit ni pDUTS as ground-support dahil wala pa syang nabibiling

    materiel for AFP kahit isang bala. Designed dapat yan sa Monching and
    GOYO ships as Anti-Submarine Warfare.

    63,000 M4 Carbine Rifle ang binili ni Panot sa AFP noong 2015-2016.
    Meron pang 27,000 sana sa PNP pero dahil sa bunganga ni Fentanyl ay naka-ON-HOLD or cancelled already by US Senate.

    Bumili rin si PANOT ng 200 CAL-50 M82 Barette SNIPER RIFLES for the Philippine Marines.

    Saka ko ililista ang lahat ng binili ni PANOT na gamit na gamit ni Fentanyl ngayon.

    Pero last May 25th, yung pang-apat sanang ibibigay ng US sa Pilipinas na HAMILTON-CLASS CUTTER ay IBINIGAY na sa VIETNAM. Vietnam officially signed the acceptance last May 25th.

  • 10G_Internet

    During Pnoy PANOT Terms na kinasusuklaman nyo, Some PAF OV-10s were modified to carry precision guided munitions (PGM) in the form of GBU-12 Paveway II 500lb laser-guided bombs, and these modifications, training of pilots and crew and delivery of the
    munitions were made between 2010 and 2012.

    This is the first time in HISTORY that the Philippines has PGM.

    Most of these were part of the EDA and FMS program given by OBAMA to PANOT.

    Reportedly 2 live-fire tests were made by the PAF in cooperation with the US military in 2011.

    In Feburary 2012 the 15th SW OV-1 0s made history as the first PAF aircraft to drop PGMs in anger when 2 aircraft bombed a suspected Abu Sayaff terrorist camp in a dawn bombing raid, killing several gunmen.

    BUT again, this is expensive.
    GBU-12 Paveway is about 1,000,000 pesos each.
    JDAM kit is about 500,000 to 800,000 pesos each.

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  • Krill Siluroid

    For counter insurgency, intelligence gathering and light ground attack PAF should consider the Brazilian made Super Tucano. You can get them as two seaters as well for an advanced flight trainer.