Saturday, April 26, 2014

Delgado vows to build a more responsive PAF

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 26): Delgado vows to build a more responsive PAF

With more modern aircraft and equipment now in the pipeline, newly-installed Philippine Air Force (PAF) commander Major Jeffrey Delgado vowed to create more responsive air arms capable of dealing with any challenges.

"We shall build an organization that will ensure high levels of operational readiness to meet any contingency 24/7. Propelling the Air Force to ably perform its mandate into the future will require learning strategy and character, learning as we begin to receive and employ new weapon systems of higher technology and sophistication," he added.

Delgado was appointed to head the 17,500-strong PAF following the retirement of Lt. Gen. Lauro Catalino Cruz on April 25, 2014.

With this developments, Delgado said that the PAF needs to strategize to be able to use these new equipment efficiently.

"We (must) strategize (to) smartly harness our enhanced capabilities to address current and emerging challenges in our environment," the new PAF commander stated.

In the pipeline for the Air Force and expected to be delivered within two years time are 12 F/A-50 "Golden Eagle" jet aircraft, eight brand-new Bell 412 combat utility helicopters, eight attack versions of the AgustaWestland AW-109 "Power" helicopters, three medium EADS/CASA-Airbus Military C-295 medium lift aircraft

Still in the bidding stages are three seaplanes, two surveillance aircraft, two simulators and three air search radars.

These new machines are expected to boost the minimum credible deterrent of the PAF which is considered to be one of the weakest air arms in Southeast Asia.

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