The first of two ex-US Marines Lockheed C-130T Hercules military airlifter/tanker aircraft is expected to arrive in the Philippines next week. Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado confirmed the upcoming delivery, which will seriously boost the island nation’s military and humanitarian respond capacity.
The pair of four propeller Hercules’s will be delivered with two reserve Allison T56-A-16 engines, parts, training and logistical support for a US tax payers price tag of 61 million dollars. Designated KC-130R/T within the US services the C-130T has underwing pods for probe-and-drogue (basket) in-flight refuelling of other aircraft.
The Philippine Air Force (PAF) currently don’t have aircraft that can be refuelling in mid-air, but the function can be added to the dozen KAI FA-50 light attack/fighter aircraft Manilla ordered from Korea.
Currently the PAF already flies a single C-130B and two C-130Hs. Meanwhile to improve airlift capabilities even further, all three ordered Airbus (CASA) C295Ms are now in service. Moreover three Fokker F27s (F27-200MPA, the F27-200 and the F27-500F) soldier on.
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Featured image: Philippine forces unload food and water from a Philippine Air Force C-130 for transfer to waiting US helicopters, which will delivered the goods to remote locations throughout Panay Island in June 2008. (Image © Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call / US Navy)