W-3A ‘SOKOLS’ TO BE CONVERTED INTO SAR AIRCRAFT

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Because of problems with its door- mounted machine guns, the Philippine Air Force’s eight W-3A “Sokols” will now be reclassified as search-and-rescue (SAR) aircraft rather than combat utility helicopters. Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin made this statement after evaluation of the “Sokols” found out that its machine guns need to be removed first before military personnel could enter the aircraft. He added that such things could not be done in combat situations as it would take too much time and increase the vulnerability of the helicopter and its crew.

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