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PH Air Force to get US C-130 on Sunday

/ 04:38 PM October 06, 2016
Two C-130 second-hand transport planes from the United States are scheduled to be delivered this year—one next week and the other in September. The two assets will give a boost to the territorial defense and humanitarian assistance operations of the Philippine military. PHOTO FROM PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE

Two second-hand C-130 transport planes from the United States are scheduled to be delivered this year. The two assets will give a boost to the territorial defense and humanitarian assistance operations of the Philippine military. INQUIRER PHOTO

The fifth US Lockheed C-130 transport plane to be acquired by the Philippine Air Force will arrive in Cebu on Sunday.

The plane will touch down at Benito Ebuen Air Base in Mactan, Air Force spokesperson Col. Antonio Francisco told reporters on Thursday.

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The plane took off Thursday morning from Davis-Monthan Air Base in Tucson, Arizona.

The C-130 plane will boost the Air Force’s capability in humanitarian assistance and disaster response, as well as transport of troops, relief goods and equipment.

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The refurbished C-130 is the second of the two planes bought from the US at P1.6 billion through the Excess Defense Articles program. The first one arrived last April.

The number of C-130 planes in the Air Force inventory will be increased to five after the latest C-130 arrives. Other transport planes of the Air Force are three C-295 airbus and three Fokker F-27.

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