“The turnover of these two light lift fixed-wing aircraft signify the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines where it can more effectively and fully perform its Constitutional mandate to uphold the sovereignty and preserve the patrimony of our country,” National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.
Secretary Lorenzana made the statement during the formal acceptance and blessing ceremony of two new Indonesian-made light-lift fixed-wing NC-212i aircraft at Haribon Hangar, Clark Air Base, Pampanga on June 26.
He said that with the additional assets the Philippine Air Force (PAF) will be contributing further to “securing national sovereignty and territory, in fulfilling its mandate of protecting the Filipino people from both man-made and natural threats and calamities, in enhancing its capability to fulfill the country’s international commitments, among others.”
The two aircraft will serve under PAF’s 220th Airlift Wing.
“We are thankful to the Indonesian government, through their very distinguished Ambassador Lumintang, for their enduring concern in our security and welfare. The emerging security challenges in our region have made it all the more necessary for neighboring countries and allies like us to collaborate further and combine together our potentials and resources in facing these security challenges,” Lorenzana said.
“It is my sincere hope that our nations will remain great friends today and in the years ahead of us,” he added.
These aircraft were acquired under the First Horizon of Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program. The Philippine government contracted Indonesian Aerospace to build two NC-212i aircraft in January 2014.