PHL Air Force’s new command & control aircraft lands in Malta en route to Philippines

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The Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s first ordered command & control (C2) aircraft landed at Malta International Airport in Malta from Spain on October 8 for night stop en route to the Philippines.

“Brand new Airbus Military C.295M 177 on ferry to the Philippine Air Force arrived at Luqa at 1806 hours on 8 October 2019 for a night stop, callsign AED977,” Malta Airport Movements by John Visanich said in its social networking page, posting a photo of the landing.

The upcoming C2 aircraft is based on Airbus C295M twin-turboprop tactical military transport aircraft that PAF is already operating. PAF currently operates three C295 aircraft as medium lift transports.

In October 2018, the Department of National Defense (DND) awarded a contract worth €28,807,000.00 to Airbus to supply a C2 Fixed-Wing Turbo Prop Aircraft.

PAF is also set to receive a second command & control which is based on Gulfstream G280 jet.

“As far as I know, the status of the procurement of the C-295 command-and-control aircraft and G-280 are already in the contract implementation phase. In fact, the C-295 is set to be delivered within the year and the G-280 will be delivered sometime next year, about August,” DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said on October 7, 2019.