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Philippine Airforce receive first C-130T from US

The Philippine Airforce has formally received one C130T aircraft from the US on April 12, 2016 turn-over and blessing ceremony at CJVAB Grandstand in Pasay City.

The arrival of the first C130T aircraft will add to the present three operational C130 of the Philippine Airforce. On the strength of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Law(both RA 7898 and 10349),the PAF embarked on their C130T aircraft acquisition project so as to boost its capabilities for the medium tactical airlift requirement of transporting forces rapidly to any parts of the country and as well as humanitarian assistance and Disaster Relief operations.

Secretary Gazmin extended his warm appreciation to the United States for the financial assistance provided to the Philippine Government by co-funding the acquisition cost of two units of the C-130T.

"Without doubt, this new air asset will be a big help in enhancing the operational readiness of our Armed Forces." said Gazmin.

 C-130T Nr 5011 is the first of the two units newly bought from the US. These two C-130Ts were previously being used by the US Marine Reserve for air refueling/tanker operations. The second aircraft is expected to be delivered on either September or October this year.

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