PH Air Force holds missile live fire exercise in Palawan

PH Air Force holds missile live fire exercise in Palawan

In a historic first for the Philippine Air Force (PAF), they conducted a live missile exercise.
According to MaxDefense Philippines, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) conducted a live fire exercise of the coast of Palawan.

The said live fire exercise was said to be connected to the upcoming 73rd founding anniversary of the PAF which will be on July 1.
Photo of FA-50 firing a Maverick missile for reference only and not actual PAF aircraft.
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“Based on information received from MaxDefense sources, the aircraft involved will be the KAI FA-50PH Fighting Eagle light combat aircraft and the SIAI Marchetti AS.211 Warrior armed jet trainer,” MaxDefense said.
“The main highlight of the event is the first live-firing of an AGM-65G2 Maverick air-to-ground missile fired from a PAF FA-50PH aircraft against a floating target, to demonstrate its anti-ship capabilities,” it added.
In MaxDefens follow up post it further gave details about the live fire exercise.

“MaxDefense received more details of today's Surface Strike Capability demonstration which included the live fire testing of AGM-65G2 Maverick air-to-ground missile.

Apparently 4 FA-50PH Fighting Eagles from the 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron were involved, as well as 2 Cessna C-208BEX surveillance aircraft from the 3032nd Air Reconnaissance Squadron providing support.

The demonstration was held between 0700-0900H off the coast of Palawan.

This appears to be a historic first for the Philippine Air Force, as the PAF FA-50PHs have not fired live air-to-ground missile rounds before.

Meanwhile the AGM-65G2 Maverick missiles are a first for the PAF, as this is their air-to-ground missile, and the demonstration today were the first ever conducted using the missile type.”

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