Philippine Air Force Receives Last Two of Six Turkish T129 Attack Helicopters | Aviation

Personnel from the Philippine Air Force’s 15th Strike Wing at Sangley Point, Cavite with the two T129 ATAK helicopters on May 19. Source: 15th Strike Wing, Philippine Air Force on Facebook.

The T129 helicopters address the capability gap identified in urban warfare.

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received two Turkish T129 ATAK helicopters. The aircraft were delivered at the 15th Strike Wing headquarters in Sangley Point, Cavite.

The Philippines ordered six T129 units under a $269 million government-to-government contract with Turkey, signed in July 2020. The acquisition program is part of the Horizon 2 phase of the Philippines’ military modernization plan. According to reports, the latest arrivals are the fifth and sixth helicopters of that deal.

Adding Teeth to the Philippine Air Force

The PAF’s 15th Strike Wing said in a Facebook post that it received the two helicopters, with tail numbers 1505 and 1506, in simple rites presided from the Air Command chief Maj. Gen. Araus Robert F. Musico and 15th Strike Wing commander Brig, Gen. Juliano C. Llarenas at the Atienza Air Base, Sangley Point, Cavite City on May 17.

The Philippine News Agency (PNA) quoted the PAF: “The two T-129 ‘Atak’ helicopters performed a low pass before landing on the active runway. Upon taxiing and exiting, a water cannon salute was rendered to the two aircraft – the traditional and…

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