2 new light lift planes to boost AFP capability
The two newly-commissioned PT Dirgantara NC212i light-lift fixed-wing aircraft will help the military secure the country’s territories and sovereignty, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
Speaking during the turn-over ceremonies of the aircraft at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City, in Clark Air Base, Pampanga Tuesday, Lorenzana said the NC212i could help the military in protecting the Filipino people from threats and calamities.
“The turnover of these two light-lift-fixed wing aircraft signify the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to a level where it can effectively and fully perform its constitutional mandate to uphold the sovereignty and preserve the patrimony of the country,” he added.
The aircraft was acquired under the Light Lift Fixed-Wing Acquisition Project of the Philippine Air Force under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.
The NC212i aircraft can be used strategically for producing artificial rain, as well as maritime and coast guard patrol. It can also be used for passenger and troop transport, cargo/logistic transport, anti-smuggling control, immigration control, search, and rescue, paratroop dropping, and medical evacuation.
Compared to the previous NC212, the new model can carry up to 28 passengers. It is equipped with digital avionics and next-generation autopilot and features ramp access, next-generation navigation, and communication system, as well as, cheaper operational cost.
It is also capable of taking-off and landing on unpaved runways.