PAF inaugurates G280 Command and Control aircraft

Aviation Updates Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcomed the arrival of the Gulfstream G280 Command and Control aircraft of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) at Clark Airbase on Monday.

The aircraft's turn-over and blessing ceremony was attended by high-ranking military officials: AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay, Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, and Commanding General, PAF Lieutenant General Allen Paredes.

According to the PAF, the G280 would be used to "transport senior leaders and commanders especially in the event of a crisis." Moreover, the aircraft can also be used as a Command and Control (C2) airborne platform in times of emergencies or disasters.

The air force also said in a release: "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 is roughly valued at Php 1.7 billion, including spares and other support. It was acquired through the Foreign Military Sales Program of the United States government with the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group.

Photo from TSg Obinque PAF/PAOAFP