The Philippine Air Force’s new Gulfstream G280 Command and Control aircraft flew to Davao City carrying medical supplies on its inaugural flight on September 21, 2020.
The aircraft transported Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III; DILG Secretary Eduardo Año; Chief Implementer on the declared National Policy against COVID-19, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.; and, other IATF members to Davao City to check on the current COVID-19 situation in the province and to transport assorted PPE and medical supplies.
The C2 aircraft will become part of a system designed for enhanced control of operations through continuous communications especially during operational exigencies and emergencies. It will allow for time-sensitive decisions to be made while airborne especially by the AFP Chain of Command like the Secretary of National Defense; Chief of Staff, AFP; Major Service Commanders; and Commanders of the Unified Commands.
Earlier on September 21, the C2 aircraft was formally turned over to the PAF in a simple turnover and blessing ceremony at the Haribon Hangar, Clark Air Base, Mabalacat City, Pampanga. PAF.MIL.PH