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PH Air Force may dagdag na 2 T-129 attack helicopters

MANILA, Philippines – Pormal nang tinanggap ng Philippine Air Force (PAF) ang dalawa pang Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) T-129 ‘Atak’ helicopters.

Sa Facebook post nitong Linggo, Mayo 19, tinanggap ng 15th Strike Wing ng PAF ang dalawang helicopter, na may tail numbers 1505 at 1506, sa isang seremonya na pinangunahan ni Air Command Command chief Maj. Gen. Araus Robert F. Musico at 15th Strike Wing commander Brig, Gen. Juliano C. Llarenas sa Atienza Air Base, Sangley Point, Cavite City noong Mayo 17.

“The two T-129 ‘Atak’ helicopters performed a low pass before landing on the active runway. Upon taxiing and exiting, a water cannon salute was rendered to the two aircraft – the traditional and ceremonial welcome to honor the newly procured attack helicopters of the 15th Strike Wing,” aniya.

“The acquisition of the T-129 ‘Atak’ helicopters was part of the priority projects under Horizon 2 of the AFP Modernization Program. The T-129s with tail numbers 1505 and 1506, which were delivered last Nov. 29, 2023, are the fifth and sixth T-129 ‘Atak’ helicopters acquired through negotiated (government-to-government) procurement with Turkey. These dedicated attack helicopters are expected to enhance the combat operational capability of PAF and address the capability gap identified in urban warfare,” sinabi pa sa FB post.

Ang kontrata para sa anim na T-129 “Atak” helicopters ay nagkakahalaga ng USD269 million na pinirmahan noong Hulyo 20, 2020.

Ang unang dalawang T-129 choppers ay inihatid noong Marso 9, 2022, habang ang second batch ng dalawa ay naihatid Disyembre ng kaparehong taon.

Gagamitin ang mga helicopter na ito para sa territorial defense, aerial surveillance at reconnaissance, counter-insurgency combat operations at combat support operations. RNT/JGC