US, PHL complete F-16, FA-50 joint training

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) and United States Air Force have completed the seventh iteration of Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange-Philippines (BACE-P) which included the use of F-16 Fighting Falcons and FA-50PHs.

Airmen from the US and Philippines air forces marked the successful completion of 12 days of bilateral training and increased mutual cooperation during the seventh iteration of BACE-P. US Air Force photo

The 12-day exchange kicked off on January 18 when US Air Force F-16s from Kunsan Air Base, Korea landed at Cesar Basa Air Base in Pampanga.

US Pacific Air Forces said that incorporation of the F-16s allowed for air-to-air and air-to-ground interplay training with PAF’s FA-50s.

In addition to interfly training, subject matter expert exchanges on intelligence, flightline, and maintenance backshop operations were also held.

The recent BACE-P increased US Air Force and PAF interoperability and deepened relationships which supports maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific.