NEWEST AIRCRAFT. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) talks to a Philippine Air Force officer before the Air Force’s new Gulfstream G280 command-and-control (C2) aircraft took off to transport medical supplies to Davao City on Monday (Sept. 21, 2020). Aside from Lorenzana, aboard the Gulfstream280 during its inaugural flight to Davao City were Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and Chief Implementer on the declared National Policy against Covid-19, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. (Photo courtesy of PAF Public Affairs Office)

MANILA – The Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s new Gulfstream G280 command-and-control (C2) aircraft transported personal protection equipment (PPE) sets and medical supplies during its inaugural flight to Davao City Monday.

Lt. Col. Aristides Galang, PAF spokesperson, said aboard the Gulfstream G280 during its flight to Davao City were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and National Policy against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.

Also aboard were other members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ITAF-EID) who flew to Davao City to check on the current Covid-19 situation in the province and to transport assorted PPE and medical supplies.

“The C2 aircraft will become part of a system designed for enhanced control of operations through continuous communications, especially during operational exigencies and emergencies. It will allow for time-sensitive decisions to be made while airborne especially by the AFP Chain-of-Command like the Secretary of National Defense; Chief of Staff, AFP; Major Service Commanders; and Commanders of the Unified Commands,” Galang said.

The Gulfstream G280 was formally turned over to the PAF in a simple turnover and blessing ceremony at the Haribon Hangar, Clark Air Base, Mabalacat City, Pampanga on Monday after it arrived last Sunday.

The aircraft is capable of speeds around 500 knots and has a range of 3,600 nautical miles aside from having the capability to land on small runways and can transport 12 to 15 persons including the pilots and crew.

The contract for the G280 was signed in early 2019 and was acquired via US Foreign Military Sales. (PNA)

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