PH Air Force awaits its brand new Black Hawk choppers and Super Tucano planes

PH Air Force awaits its brand new Black Hawk choppers and Super Tucano planes




The Philippine Air Force (PAF) continues to modernize as it continue to acquire both old and new equipment, but this time its different because what is coming are all brand new aircrafts.
The PAF awaits the delivery of its six brand new A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft and 16 Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters between this year and 2021.


The much needed combat utility helicopters are said to be delivered in batches starting the 3rd quarter of 2020 and will be completed in 2021 said Jacob Sifers, the regional business developer of Lockheed Martin Global Inc.

Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters
(photo credit to owner)

But according to Sifer, there is a possibility that the delivery may start in a much earlier date than expected.
The contract for the 16 Sikorsky Blackhawks for the PAF was signed last year, with a contract price of P12.67 billion ($240 million).
“This will replace our ageing Hueys. It will be used to transport troops and supplies, Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief during calamities,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza said to inquirer.net.



A-29 Super Tucano

The Philippine Air Force before the end of 2020 is expecting the delivery of the 6 A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advance training aircraft from Brazil’s Embraer.

Embraer A-29B Super Tucano
(photo credit to owner)

These aircrafts were purchased at $98.5 million.
According to previous reports, the Tucano is expected to beef up the remaining ageing North American Rockwell OV-10 “bronco attack” aircraft still being used by the PAF in strike missions against the insurgents.


The Super Tucano is described as “turboprop aircraft is designed for light attack, counter-insurgency, close air support, aerial reconnaissance missions in low threat environments, as well as providing pilot training.
It was designed to be highly operable in high temperature and humidity conditions in extremely rugged terrain, the "Super Tucano" is also highly maneuverable, has a low heat signature and incorporates 4th generation avionics and weapons system to deliver precision-guided munitions.



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