AIR SUPPORT One of two ATAK helicopters from Turkey arrives in the Philippines on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. The T-129 chopper will be used for close air support for ground troops and for armed surveillance and reconnaissance. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

THE Philippine Air Force on Wednesday welcomed the arrival of two units of T-129 ATAK helicopters from Turkey, which landed past midnight at the Clark Air Base, in Mabalacat City, Pampanga.

The two T-129 together with its initial logistics support were loaded onboard two A400M of the Turkish Air Force.

A total of six units of the T129 aircraft were acquired by the PAF from Turkish Aerospace Industries in line with the AFP Modernization Plan – Horizon 2.

The 15th Strike Wing of the Philippine Air Force will operate the T-129 helicopters and will be utilized for close air support for ground troops and armed surveillance and reconnaissance.

The T-129 is a dedicated attack helicopter much like the AH-1S Cobra. This new system will complement the several surface strike systems of the Air Force and will be another game changer in support of the numerous missions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

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