SHAH ALAM: The Philippine Air Force (PAF) took formally delivery of three aircraft – two TAI T129 ATAK helicopters and a single Airbus C295W airlifter – at the Villamor Air Base, Pasay City in Manila yesterday (April 6 2022).
The two TAI ATAK helicopters are part of six aircraft deal signed by the Philippine and Turkish government announced in July 2020. The ATAK deal is worth US$269 million (RM1.1 billion). The Turkish made helicopter is a twin-engine, tandem seat, multi-role, all-weather attack helicopter based on the Agusta A129 Mangusta platform and is designed for advanced attack and reconnaissance missions in hot and high environments and rough geography in both day and night conditions.
Meanwhile, the single C295W Airbus has handed over the fifth of seven C295 aircraft to the PAF in a ceremony held today, reinforcing its military transport capabilities. From Airbus
PAF ordered a fleet of new-generation C295 tactical airlifters as part of its medium-lift aircraft acquisition programme. These new combat proven C295s will be dedicated for troops and equipment transportation across the country.
PAF has been successfully deploying the C295 for a variety of transport operations, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, thanks to its access to short unpaved airstrips in remote areas, while carrying heavy payloads over long distances. With this new aircraft and the other two soon to join the fleet, the air force will be utilising the aircraft more extensively to enhance its air-lift operations.
Congratulating the Philippine Air Force on the new C295, Airbus Defence and Space Head of Asia-Pacific Johan Pelissier said: “We celebrate with you the delivery of this fifth C295 to the PAF, underscoring the air force’s trust in our military aircraft. We are confident that it will be a capable addition to PAF’s fleet, playing a critical role in the country for many years to come.PAF’s extensive use of the C295 for various critical missions has fully demonstrated it as a reference user of the tactical airlifter in Southeast Asia.
With nearly 30% of the global orders acquired by military agencies in the Asia Pacific region, the highly versatile tactical airlifter is a benchmark for military and civic missions in all types of environments.
Airbus announced the order for three new C295s in early in 2021, though it did not announced PAF was the recipient. PAF already operates four C295Ms.
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