Delivery of Jordan-donated 'Cobra' attack helicopters to arrive early 2020

Delivery of Jordan-donated 'Cobra' attack helicopters to arrive early 2020

The much anticipated delivery of the Philippine Air Force’s AH-1 “Cobra” attack helicopters will be delayed.
The donated attack helicopters by Jordan will not be delivered this year as planned but was pushed next year, since the training of the PAF pilots is still ongoing.

"The 'Cobra' might be delivered early next year as training for (the pilots) are still ongoing," PAF chief, Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez said.

AH-1S Cobra attack helicopter
(photo credit to owner)

It was earlier reported that the delivery of the said attack helicopters was supposed to be this month.
"Both Jordan and the Philippines are doing their best efforts to hasten the process," Briguez said
The donation was made possible when President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made an official visit to Jordan in September of last year.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defense cooperation was signed between our Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the Jordanian Armed Forces-Arab Army Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat.
The donation of two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter was meant to beef up the Philippine Air Force’s capability, since this is a new platform for our pilots.

The Bell AH-1 "Cobra" is a two-blade, single-engine attack helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter.

It was developed using the engine, transmission and rotor system of the Bell UH-1 Iroquois. A member of the prolific Huey family, the AH-1 is also referred to as the "Huey Cobra" or "Snake".

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Report from PNA

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