Multi-Role Fighters Soon to Complete PHL’s Integrated Defense System: PAF Chief

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MANILA, --  Philippine Air Force (PAF) commanding general Lieutenant General Rozzano D. Briguez said during the 72nd anniversary celebration of PAF at Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City that the acquisition of multi-role fighters will soon complete Philippines’ integrated defense system.

“The acquisition of multi-role fighters would soon complete the integrated air defense system of the entire country which is composed of the sensors, the radars, the ground defense, and the interceptors which will be our multi-role fighters,” Lieutenant Genreal Briguez said.

He noted that the third radar system acquired from Israel will soon be installed at Mount Salakot, Palawan. The first and second were installed in Paredes Air Station in Ilocos Norte and Gozar Air Station, Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro, respectively.

He also said that recently National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana approved the Notice of Award for the Ground-Based Air Defense System (GBADS) Acquisition Project.

“Furthermore, the PAF strategic basing plan intends to develop areas as Lal-lo in Cagayan, Guiuan in Samar, Mati in Davao Oriental, Hill 900 in Zamboanga, and Balabac Island in Palawan to ensure effective and efficient air operations in support to the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) mission,” Lieutenant General Briguez said

Duterte vows to complete P139-B Air Force modernization by 2022

PRESIDENT Duterte vowed on Tuesday to complete the P139-billion modernization program of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) by 2022.

Durterte committed to prioritize the 16 projects benefiting PAF under the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Second Horizon project. 

The project includes the procurement of utility vehicles, drones and other command-and-control fixed-wing aircraft among others. 

“I am hoping and praying that before my remaining three years will expire, that all of these things especially those labeled Horizon projects of yours will be completed,” Duterte said in a speech at the 72nd Anniversary of the PAF at the Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. 

He also disclosed the successful acquisition of a flight simulator, new aircraft and an air defense surveillance system.   

“I assure you, this administration will continue to pursue all efforts to enhance your capabilities . . . through modernization and capacity-building initiatives,” Duterte said.  

During the event, Duterte also recognized the award recipients from various Air Force units and airmen who have displayed exemplary service and dedication in PAFDuterte vows to complete P139-B Air Force modernization by 2022

PRESIDENT Duterte vowed on Tuesday to complete the P139-billion modernization program of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) by 2022.

Durterte committed to prioritize the 16 projects benefiting PAF under the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Second Horizon project. 

The project includes the procurement of utility vehicles, drones and other command-and-control fixed-wing aircraft among others. 

“I am hoping and praying that before my remaining three years will expire, that all of these things especially those labeled Horizon projects of yours will be completed,” Duterte said in a speech at the 72nd Anniversary of the PAF at the Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. 

He also disclosed the successful acquisition of a flight simulator, new aircraft and an air defense surveillance system.   

“I assure you, this administration will continue to pursue all efforts to enhance your capabilities . . . through modernization and capacity-building initiatives,” Duterte said.  

During the event, Duterte also recognized the award recipients from various Air Force units and airmen who have displayed exemplary service and dedication in PAF


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