2 New light lift planes to boost AFP capability

The two newly-commissioned PT Dirgantara Indonesia NC212i light-lift fixed-wing aircraft will help the military uphold the country’s sovereignty and patrimony.

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This was emphasized by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during the turn-over ceremonies of the aircraft at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City, Clark Air Base, Pampanga Tuesday afternoon.

“The turnover of these two light-lift-fixed wing aircraft signify the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to a level where it can effectively and fully perform its constitutional mandate to uphold the sovereignty and preserve the patrimony of the country,” he added.

Lorenzana said the NC212i can help the military in protecting the Filipino people from man-made and natural threats and calamities.

The said aircraft was acquired under the Light Lift Fixed-Wing Acquisition Project of PAF under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.

The NC212i aircraft can be used strategically for producing artificial rain, as well as maritime and coast guard patrol. It can also be utilized for passenger and troop transport, cargo/logistic transport, anti-smuggling control, immigration control, search and rescue, paratroop dropping, and medical evacuation.

Compared to the previous NC212, the new model has a carrying capacity of 28 passengers and is equipped with a digital avionic and next generation autopilot. It features a ramp access, next generation navigation and communication system, as well as, cheaper operational cost.

It is also capable of taking-off and landing on unpaved runways. PNA

Source: http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1039620