AFP to get new planes

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The Philippines will buy three new transport planes from Spain to strengthen its poorly equipped military in handling external threats and natural disasters, the military spokesman said on Sunday.

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The first of the three C295 planes will be delivered this month in a deal costing a total of P5.29 billion, according to Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala.

“One will be delivered by the end of this month . . . for HADR [humanitarian assistance and disaster relief], military transport and other (uses),” he said.

The C295 is a twin-turboprop aircraft capable of carrying up to nine tons or 71 soldiers, using short, unprepared airstrips according to the website of the manufacturer, the Airbus Defense and Space arm.

The Philippines, which has one of the region’s weakest militaries, has been trying to modernize its armed forces amid growing tensions with China over disputed territory in the South China Sea.

Last year, it signed an agreement to buy 12 South Korean-made FA-50 jets for about $421.12 million.

AFP

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  1. siguraduhin lang na lilipad iyang mga eroplanong iyan at hinde magiging kabapng nang ating kasundaluhan. Baka tulad din iyan nang mga helicopter na pinag yabang ni abnoy iyun pala hindi naman lumilipad. drawing lang pala iyong pinagmalaki niya.

  2. Kailangang bumili ang bansa ng nukes sa India, kahit 20 lang at 20 decoys. Diyan lang makikinig ang China.