The four new CESSNA 172S Skyhawk trainer aircraft, purchased under the US Foreign Military Funding Program, are worth $2.2 million.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines received four new trainer aircraft from the United States on Thursday, February 10.
The Philippine Department of National Defense has received four all-new CESSNA 172S Skyhawk trainer aircraft worth $2.2 million from its longtime ally under the U.S. Foreign Military Funding Program. DND told Rappler that the new plane was provided through a grant.
In a separate statement, the Navy said the Army purchased the assets as part of the Joint US Military Assistance Group. Under the U.S. Army Funding Program, their partner nations can purchase U.S. defense items, services, and training through direct grants or loans.
The ceremony took place at Sangley Point in Cavite. In addition to Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Heather Variava, Chief of the Armed Forces General Andres Centino and Philippine Navy Commanding Officer Vice Admiral Adeluis Bordado attended ceremony.
According to DND, the new aircraft will be used by the Philippine Navy Naval Air Wing. Bordado said the new assets would be great utilities for Naval Air Wing students.
“These four units of Cessna 172 Skyhawk for the Philippine Navy will certainly be of excellent use to our Naval Air Wing students…These units are the most suitable training aircraft to prepare them for future missions and operations. naval aviation, using modern and state-of-the-art art technology. At the same time, these aircraft will help us improve the operational readiness of our naval aviation component,” Bordado said.
Newly purchased aircraft are designed for general utility and training purposes. They have a maximum range of 640 nautical miles and payloads of 878 pounds. – Rappler.com