PAF receives two more T-129 ATAK helicopters

One of the two newly-delivered Turkish Aerospace Industries T-129 in Sangley Point, Cavite in this May 17, 2024 photo. —Philippine News Agency/PAF’s 15th Strike Wing

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has formally received two more T-129 ATAK helicopters acquired from Turkey over the weekend.

According to PAF, it accepted the advanced attack helicopters in a ceremony at its Major Danilo Atienza Air Base in Cavite on May 17, which is part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.

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“The helicopters performed a low pass before landing at the base, receiving a traditional water cannon salute,” PAF said in a statement.

“These helicopters, known for their high performance in hot, high, and maritime conditions, are expected to significantly enhance the air force’s combat capabilities, particularly in urban warfare scenarios,” it added.

Before the ceremony, PAF said the two helicopters arrived in the country last November 29 and underwent technical inspection before its formal blessing.

Prior to the delivery of the helicopters, the country received two batches of the same aircraft in 2022—the first two units arrived on March 9, 2022, while the second batch of two units came on November 24 of the same year.