Philippine Air Force’s (PAF) 300th Air Intelligence and Security Group (300AISG) will be operating the 2 new Cessna-208B Grand Caravan Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft donated by the United States.
These aircraft were turned over on July 27. 300 AISG is based at Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga.
300 AISG is the lead unit of PAF for air intelligence, counterintelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“The Cessna 208B aircraft will enhance the PAF’s counterterrorism capabilities, and help protect AFP members actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines, to include Marawi,” the US Embassy in Manila said.
“Equipped with advanced sensors, cameras and communications equipment, these aircraft will significantly enhance the ability of the AFP to locate terrorist groups operating in Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago,” it added.
“The equipment transfers, training, and continued bilateral exercises demonstrate the commitment of the United States to work with the Philippines in building capabilities towards eradicating global terror networks,” the Embassy added.
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