PHL’s new command & control aircraft set to fly home

UPDATED: The Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s upcoming command and control (C2) aircraft is set to start its journey to Philippines on Monday, October 7 by flying from Seville to Malta.

According to Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong, the C295-based command and control aircraft is scheduled for delivery before the year ends.

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.

“Members of Philippine Plane Spotters Group has confirmed that the new Airbus CASA C-295M medium tactical aircraft ordered by the Philippine Air Force as a VVIP/Command and Control Aircraft will start its first leg of its delivery flight to the Philippines from Spain, starting at Seville to Malta on Monday,” MaxDefense Philippines said October 5.

During the 72nd anniversary celebration of PAF at Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on July 2, PAF commander Lieutenant General Rozzano D. Briguez announced the supposed delivery of said aircraft in July.

“Operational and strategic command and control shall be augmented through the arrival of two command and control fixed-wing aircraft: one C-295 arriving late July, this month, and one G-280 jet arriving by 2020,” Lieutenant General Briguez said.

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