What to look forward for in PAF for 2019

The Philippine Air Force is looking forward to the scheduled deliveries of newly procured air and land defense platforms.

Former Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar said that by this year, they will be “reaping the fruits of hard labor.”

Despite his replacement, Kintanar said he is not going out of the service until his mandatory retirement in January 2020.

Under Kintanar’s term, the Air Force has completed major procurement projects. This is on top of the ongoing processes to acquire land-based and air assets to secure the country’s skies as well as the nation’s maritime domain.

There will be deliveries of two radar systems from Israel and 13 Hermes Unmanned Aerial Vehicles also from Israel this year, six Super Tucano aircraft, a close air support aircraft from Brazil, two fixed-wing command and control aircraft from Airbus.

The Hermes 450 is a multirole high performance tactical Unmanned Air System.

“We also anticipate to receive the following year (2020), two C130s and four OV10s from the United States as we also look forward fro the completion of three big contracts early this year for 16 Black Hawks from the US. The best combat utility helicopter in the world today as well as six AT-129 attack helicopters from Turkey, which are at par with the best in the world today, as well as three ground-based Air Defense Systems from Israel are also scheduled,” Former Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar said.

The OV10 Broncos has been out of production since 1986. North American Rockwell only ever built approximately 360 of the aircraft in total.

The Air Force’s quest for strategic basing for power projection is also gaining greater heights, through the active support of security and defense stakeholders with key advisers led by former defense secretary Gilberto Teodoro, a reservist Air Force officer and a pilot.

This support is translated into lot acquisitions and construction of facilities and air bases in Llalo, Cagayan, Guiuan Airport in Samar and soon at Ubay in Bohol.

The Air force was also gifted with a 300-hectare lot in Balabac Island in Southern Palawan where it is currently building an airfield. 

Balabac Island is highly strategic to the country’s air and maritime domain awareness operations as it is directly facing the country’s Kalayaan Island Group in the disputed Spratly archipelago.

The Air Force is also building an air base in Lumbia airport in Cagayan de Oro to replace the Danilo Atienza Air Base in Cavite, with the Department of Transportation and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in the loop. – Source: Philstar

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