The Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay together with the Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Commanding General, Philippine Air Force Lieutenant General Allen Paredes led the turn-over and blessing ceremony of the G280 Command and Control Aircraft at Clark Airbase, Pampanga on September 21, 2020.

The Gulfstream G280 will be primarily used by the Philippine Air Force to serve as a platform to transport senior leaders and commanders especially in the event of a crisis. It will also serve as an airborne post for command and control (C2) operations both by the military and the civilian government.

Aside from C2 operations, the aircraft can also be used for airborne warning system, medical evacuation, high-altitude atmospheric research, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The new C2 aircraft was acquired under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program and purchased from the Gulfstream Aerospace through the Foreign Military Sales Program of the United States government with the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group.

Photo: TSg Obinque PAF/PAOAFP