PHL jets, helicopters jointly attack ground in Marawi-like simulation

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) said it successfully conducted an Integrated Air Operations System (IAOS) Simulation Exercise at Crow Valley Gunnery Range in Colonel Ernesto Rabina Air Base, Capas, Tarlac on October 29.

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The scenario involved a Marawi-like campaign. “The scenario started when the Philippine Forward Air Controller (PFAC) Special Operations Team was engaged in a firefight with the terrorist group while the FA-50PH and the AW-109 pre-positioned in their respective initial points,” PAF said.

“Simultaneously, the C-208 aircraft provided ISR coverage to the designated war zone. After which, the PFAC cleared the area for the FA-50PH and AW-109 to engage the enemy position and delivered fire support,” it added.

After the ground attack that neutralized the high valued target, the PFAC cleared the area and one casualty from the friendly forces was evacuated by the 505th Search and Rescue Group utilizing the Huey 2 helicopter of the PAF.

“The activity aimed to enhance the projection of air power to identify, evaluate, and address the gaps of Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) particularly in communications, precision targeting, and command and control,” PAF said.

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Among the units that joined the IAOS Simulation Exercise are the 15th Strike Wing; 5th Fighter Wing; 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing; 505th Search and Rescue Group; and the 950th Communications, Electronics, and Information Systems Group.