Philippine Air Force 5th Fighter Wing’s FA-50PH and S-211 aircraft conducted live air defense exercise Sanay Sibat, first in the past 23 years, the Air Force said. The exercise was held on February 26 to 28 at Clark Air Base, Pampanga with a series of simulated combat missions.
FA-50PH Fighting Eagles from 5th Fighter Wing’s 7th Tactical Fighter “Bulldogs” Squadron acted as the “blue force” while S-211 aircraft from 105th Fighter Training “Blackjacks” Squadrons acted as the notional “red country.”
“Participants of the exercise are organized into two: red defensive forces and blue offensive forces with the 580th Aircraft Control and Warning Wing and Philippine Air Defense Control Center as controlling agencies,” the Air Force said.
Suppression of Enemy Air Defense, Tactical Air Intercept, and Combat Air Patrol missions were among the scenarios.
“Pilots from the 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron “Bulldogs” and the 105th Fighter Training Squadrons “Blackjacks” flew a total of 61 hours in 29 sorties utilizing the FA-50PH and S-211 aircraft for the three-day exercise, which culminated with a tactical demonstration flight for the Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force, Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard R Kintanar Jr AFP, aboard the FA-50PH Fighting Eagle,” the Air Force noted.
“The exercise was successful and an eye-opener…We were able to identify capability gaps that we can build on. We will continue to conduct this exercise to enhance and strengthen our air defense competencies towards the future,” said Wing Commander, Colonel Fabian M Pedregosa PAF (GSC).