MANILA, -- Around 55 American tactical aircraft will be participating in this year's 'Balikatan' exercises.
This was disclosed by Capt. Celeste Frank Sayson, "Balikatan 2016" spokesperson, in an interview Monday.
American planes expected to participate in the aerial phase of "Balikatan" include the tilt-rotor MV-22 "Osprey" and Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo planes and and Fairchild Republic A-10 "Thunderbolt" ground attack aircraft.
In last year's "Balikatan" exercises, around 76 American tactical aircraft were deployed.
American aircraft and accompanying personnel will start arriving by March 28-April 1, Sayson said.
On April 5-6, the Philippines first two FA-50PH "Fighting Eagle" light-interim fighter aircraft will participating in an airborne command-and-control and interdiction, air interdiction operations together with its American counterparts.
The aerial maneuvers is expected to take part in the "northern part" of the Philippines, Sayson added.
An A-10C Thunderbolt II Fixed-wing close air support forward air control, and ground-attack aircraft from the 40th Flight Test Squadron, moves down the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.