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AFP air upgrade hits snag: ‘Lo-bat’

One of the eight newly acquired W-3 Sokol helicopters that was to have flown Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to the 66th anniversary celebrations of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) at Clark Air Base in Pampanga on Monday has remained grounded at Camp Aguinaldo, hobbled by a weak battery. “It is undergoing maintenance in place,” said […] Continue reading →

Second batch of Sokol choppers delivered to PAF

MANILA, Philippines – The second batch of Sokol combat utility helicopters, aimed at boosting the military’s operations were delivered to the Philippine Air Force. The two additional Sokol choppers were in addition to the first four choppers delivered in February, a statement from the supplier PZL Swidnik in Poland said early this week. The contract, […] Continue reading →

21 Huey choppers to boost PAF’s operations

MANILA, Philippines—The 21 refurbished Huey helicopters seen to be added to the Philippine Air Force’s list of assets, will not only boost the aviation wing’s capability and military operations but will also be of use to the upcoming 2013 elections, the Department of National Defense said Monday. Undersecretary for Finance, Munitions Installations and Materiel Fernando […] Continue reading →

Philippines shopping for Indonesian-produced planes

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense is eyeing to acquire Indonesian-produced maritime surveillance aircraft and medium lift cargo planes from Italy as part of modernizing the Philippine Air Force. DND spokesman Peter Paul Galvez, however, did not say to reporters whether the aircraft were in the acquisition shortlist, added they first need the […] Continue reading →

Philippines to acquire 10 new attack helicopters

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines will acquire 10 attack helicopters starting next year in a bid to boost the capabilities of the poorly equipped military, an air force spokesman said Wednesday. Italy, Britain, France, Russia and South Africa are all being eyed to supply the helicopters, Lieutenant Colonel Miguel Okol said, although he declined to specify which […] Continue reading →

Philippine Air Force to get new warplanes by 2014

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines, which is now embroiled in a territorial dispute with China, is set to acquire new warplanes in two years to upgrade its poorly-equipped air force, the defense minister said Friday. Attack aircraft, lead-in fighter-trainers, attack helicopters and light and medium transport aircraft were all expected to be delivered within two years, Defense […] Continue reading →