• Air Force gets new cargo plane


    TOP defense and military officials received on Tuesday one of two C-130T cargo planes from the United States expected to bolster the Philippine Air Force airlift capability. The aircrafts were acquired through the US Excess Defense Articles (EDA) Program, costing $55 million but the Philippines paid only P$20 million, according to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. The other aircraft is expected either in the third or fourth quarter of this year. They were originally configured for tanker missions but have been converted for transport missions. Gen. Hernando Iriberri, AFP chief of staff, said the newly-acquired aircraft will increase the Air Force’s C-130 line up to four.


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