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Philippine military to acquire Lockheed Martin C-130 planes for disaster relief

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World Air Force News - Asia
 
 
Philippine military to acquire Lockheed Martin C-130 planes for disaster relief.
 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Monday that it is acquiring two additional C-130 planes to improve its capability to take part in emergency and disaster relief efforts.

     
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Monday that it is acquiring two additional C-130 planes to improve its capability to take part in emergency and disaster relief efforts.
C-130 Hercules (photo credit: LM)
     

"We are in the process of acquiring two more C-130s. As you very well know, we only have three C-130s. In terms of strategic lift, C-130s are very important," said AFP chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista.

The existing C-130 planes of the Air Force figured heavily in the transport of relief goods for victims of typhoon Haiyan, locally named "Yolanda," and equipment needed by government troops involved in the ongoing rehabilitation efforts.

Bautista, however, could not say how much the Philippine government would spend for the two C-130s it is planning to acquire.

Ideally, he said the Philippine Air Force should have at least nine C-130s.