New PAF air­craft for air­lift mis­sions

It will join our other trans­port air­craft like the (Air­bus) C-295, (PT Dir­gan­tara In­done­sia) NC-212i and (Lock­heed) C-130

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - PAGE THREE -

The Philip­pine Air Force (PAF) has as­signed the brand-new Gulf­stream G280 com­mand-and­con­trol air­craft (C2) to the 220th Air­lift Wing, the unit re­spon­si­ble for trans­port mis­sions based in Mac­tan, Cebu.

“It will join our other trans­port air­craft like the (Air­bus) C-295, (PT Dir­gan­tara In­done­sia) NC-212i and (Lock­heed) C-130,” PAF spokesper­son Lt. Col. Aris­tides Galang said in Filipino Tues­day.

He said the air force now has suf­fi­cient trained pi­lots and per­son­nel to man the new air­craft.

The Gulf­stream G280 ar­rived at the Clark Air Base in An­ge­les, Pam­panga last 20 Septem­ber, and was for­mally turned over to the PAF Mon­day.

In its in­au­gu­ral flight, it trans­ported med­i­cal sup­plies and per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment sets to Davao City.

Galang ear­lier said the air­craft would be­come part of a sys­tem de­signed for en­hanced con­trol of op­er­a­tions through con­tin­u­ous com­mu­ni­ca­tions, es­pe­cially dur­ing emer­gen­cies.

The mis­sion of the 220th

Air­lift Wing is to con­duct tac­ti­cal air­lift op­er­a­tion in sup­port to the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines.

The air­craft is ca­pa­ble of speeds around 500 knots and has a range of 3,600 nau­ti­cal miles aside from hav­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity to land on small run­ways and trans­port 12 to 15 per­sons in­clud­ing the pi­lots and crew.

The con­tract for the G280 was signed in early 2019 and was ac­quired through US For­eign Mil­i­tary Sales.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.