The United States has turned over today 2 two brand new Cessna-208B Grand Caravan Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to the Philippine Air Force at Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.
“These ISR aircraft were acquired through Grant Programs of the United States government to the PAF under Program Authority US Code Title 10 Section 2282,” the Philippine Air Force said.
“Under this program, the US government helps build the capacity of foreign country’s national military in order for that country to conduct counter terrorism operations. It may include the provision of equipment, supplies, training, defense services, and small-scale military construction,” it added.
Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y Kim said that the latest aircraft clearly manifests the strong relations of the Philippines and United States’ Armed Forces.
“The C-208 Caravan Aircraft can operate up to 912 nautical miles, has a maximum endurance of 5.5 hours, and service ceiling of 25,000 feet. It is fitted with modern and sophisticated ISR equipment enabling the PAF to provide timely and accurate ISR operations in support to various missions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” the Air Force said.
“With the arrival of the Cessna-208B Aircraft, the PAF will enhance not only its Counter Terrorism capabilities but will also aid the country’s Armed Forces in the conduct of Internal Security Operations, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, and Law Enforcement and Maritime Patrol,” the Air Force added.
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