The Philippines Air Force has received two Cessna 208B turboprop ISR aircraft from that US to help in its fight against Islamic militants.
A photo of the aircraft was published on the Air Force's social networking page taken on July 24 during a Special Flag Ceremony held at Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base, Grandstand Pasay City.
Air Force commander Lieutenant General Edgar R. Fallorina attended the event, Update.ph reported Tuesday.
The US will be soon turning over 2 aircraft for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ISR activities, US envoy to the Philippines Ambassador Sung Kim had said last week.
Even President Rodrigo Duterte, in a press briefing after Sona (The State of National Address) 2017 said that a country will be providing 2 aircraft for Philippine military, without referring to US.
He said these aircraft will be deployed to conduct reconnaissance prior to deployment of government forces to avoid ambush.
According to MaxDefense Philippines, the 2 aircraft from US are likely to be turned over tomorrow to PAF. “MaxDefense is still verifying the information although we received another info that the aircraft will be officially handed over to the PAF tomorrow,” MaxDefense said.