CLARK, Pampanga -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines, in coordination with the United States Air Force (USAF), has set a military aircraft exhibit on April 9 at Haribon Hangar inside the Clark Air Base.
Major General Raul Del Rosario, commander of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) First Air Division, said that event is in line with the PH-US Balikatan military exercises scheduled from April 4 to 16.
Some 38 different military aircraft belonging to the AFP, USAF, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be shown to the public during the half day open house and static display, according to Del Rosario.
The PAF aircraft include two FA-50 (15) fighter plane, four B-412 utility helicopter, one C-130 cargo aircraft, one C-295 maritime patrol aircraft, two MD-520MG light attack helicopter, two OV-10 bomber, two UH 1H helicopter, and one SOKOL/1 X HUEY helicopter.
The RAAF will send a Lockheed P-3 Orion turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft to the exhibit.
Participating US aircraft include eight A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft, three Sikorsky HH-60 helicopters, a PJ flying boat, a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), three C-130 transport aircraft, one Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS, a C-17 transport aircraft, and others.
The Anderson Air Base in Guam will also send a B-52 bomber and a RQ-4 unmanned surveillance aircraft during the event.
Del Rosario said the activity is aimed to enhance combined interoperability of the Philippine and US military. It is also expected to build the participants’ traditional and non-traditional capabilities in the conduct of sea, air, and ground operations.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 23, 2016.
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