16 September 2016
Fifth Hercules of the PAF (photo : AMARG)
MANILA (PNA) --- The Philippine Air Force (PAF)'s fifth Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo aircraft will arrive by the last week of September, according to PAF spokesperson Araus Robert Musico in a message to the PNA Thursday.
"The aircraft will arrive last week of this month. I don't have the exact date yet," he said in Filipino.
The fourth C-130 arrived at the Benito Ebuen Airbase, Mactan, Cebu last April 5.
It was flown by Filipino pilots headed by Col. Alejando Baclayon, Lt. Col. Ian Earth Lamzon, Major Ian Dexter Danes, Major Anthony Amora, and Major Ramil Daet.
The two C-130s are worth USD61 million and were acquired through the US Excess Defense Article Program.
"Remember, if we need to move a big number of troops and supplies (especially) heavy equipment for rapid deployment, it will be much easier as we have additional (C-130) aircraft," Musico earlier said.
Originally, these two C-130Ts were configured for tanker missions and were later converted for transport missions before being acquired by the Philippines.
Aside from the four C-130s, the PAF has three Airbus Military C-295 medium and three Fokker F-27 transports for its logistics and lift missions.