Air Platforms

Delivery of Jordan-donated Cobra helos to PAF slated for 2020

04 September 2019

The delivery of two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters donated by Jordan to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) will take place later than expected, the state-owned Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported on 3 September.

"The 'Cobra' might be delivered early next year [2020] as training for [the pilots] is still ongoing," PAF chief Lieutenant General Rozzano Briguez was quoted by the media outlet as saying, adding that "both Jordan and the Philippines are doing their best efforts to hasten the process".

The handover of the helicopters was initially expected to take place in September 2019, said the PNA.

All over-land combat aviation in the Philippine military is owned and operated by the PAF, which in terms of rotary-winged aircraft already fields 10 AW109E Power, eight W-3A Sokól, and 12 MD 500 helicopters in the attack role.

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