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Re: US dangles F-16 fighters, attack helicopters to PH
« Reply #30 on: September 27, 2018, 05:01:09 AM »
Lockheed Martin’s PHL pitch: 4th-gen F-16, Black Hawks | - September 27, 2018
American company Lockheed Martin offered its unrivaled fourth- generation F-16 fighter jets and Black Hawk helicopters from its subsidiary Sikorsky to fill the capability gap of the Air Force.

The defense manufacturer was among the exhibitors at the ongoing 3rd Asian Defense, Security and Crisis Management Exhibition and Conference (ADAS) at the World Trade Center in  Pasay City.

The Department of National Defense is currently looking for sources of attack helicopters for the Air Force after President Duterte scuttled the contract with Bell following the Canadian government’s pronouncement that it needs to review the contract between the firm and the Philippine government.

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Howard said air forces in 25 countries around the world employ the “most combat-proven in history” F-16 and orders from countries—including Slovakia, which sealed the contract for the delivery of 14 fighter jets two months ago—keep coming.

The F-16 shares almost the same platform as the FA-50, except that it is more capable and advanced in almost all aspects compared to its Korean copy. Other than the difference in systems, avionics and capabilities, it carries some of the features of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fifth-generation fighter jet.

On the other hand, Jacob Sifters, regional manager for business development of Sikorsky, said the Black Hawk should meet the requirement for attack, medical evacuation, humanitarian assistance, and search and rescue of the military.

Randy Howard, director of Business Development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. Integrated Fighter Group, takes a break for an interview at the sidelines of the the ADAS 2018 at the World Trade Center. Image Credits: Nonie Reyes

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Re: US dangles F-16 fighters, attack helicopters to PH
« Reply #31 on: November 15, 2019, 12:45:03 AM »


A delegation of fighter pilots from the 5th Fighter Wing of the Philippine Air Force visits United States as part of the Bilateral Air Contingent Exchange- Philippines, or BACE-P.

During this visit, the PAF delegation was able to tour the F-16 facilities and experience an F-16 familiarization flight. This was hosted by the 113th Wing District of Columbia Air National Guard in Maryland in July 2019.

It was in February 2019 when delegates from the 113th Wing District of Columbia Air National Guard, worked closely with our Airforce personnel from the 5th Fighter Wing, to interfly training between the USAF F-16s and the PAF FA-50s in Basa Air Base, Philippines.

In addition to interfly training between the USAF F-16s and the PAF FA-50s, Airmen conducted subject matter expert exchanges on topics to include crash recovery, communications, flightline, and maintenance back-shop operations, concluding with a large force exercise on the last day.

“Having the F-16 fighter allowed us to interact with our PAF partners along with their FA-50s and in turn helped to strengthen our interoperability and training with a key partner.”

- Colonel Christopher Faurot USAF
BACE-P 13th Expeditionary Air Squadron commander

#Source: 113th Wing DC Air National Guard

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