PHL reviving fighter town

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is looking to revive the Cesar Basa Air Base in Floridablanca, Pampanga as the primary base of its fighter assets. PAF is currently operating 12 units of FA-50PH Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-In Fighter Trainer (F/SA/LIFT) aircraft.

PAF commanding general Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr. said during the groundbreaking ceremony for the first major project under Philippines-United States Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) in Basa Air Base that the air base “will be operational as a fighter base later this year.”

Basa Air Base was known to be PAF’s Fighter Town.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Kintanar said the first EDCA project launched in the country for HADR storage will serve as the storage area of equipment and other supplies that will aid and provide assistance in any humanitarian crises in the region.

“Realizing the value of pre-positioning of equipment and supplies learned from the recent major calamities, we expect that the PAF would be able to respond within the ‘golden hour’ if we would have facilities that would enable us to pre-deploy troops and equipment,” the PAF top commander said.