PH wish: Regain status as leading air force in the region

Return to supersonic age

Under the Aquino administration, it was able to acquire new air assets as the threat of China taking its territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) emerged. (READ: Aquino: Stick with 'Daang Matuwid' after 2016)

PAF deploys regular patrol flights over the disputed seas to gather information. "Our sorties in the western borders help strengthen the arm of our diplomats by providing them with critical information," Delgado said.

The Philippine Air Force will return to the supersonic age as two of its 12 FA-50 lead-in fighter trainers are expected to be delivered in December.

It laid out Flight Plan 2028, aiming to improve the country's defense posture in the next 12 years.

The first of its 3 CASA C-295 medium lift transport planes and two new Bell 412s have also been delivered.

"We are reorganizing to prepare for new capabilities to create a complete integrated air defense system," Delgado said.

"These new aircraft and the others that will be arriving in the coming years will significantly improve the Philippine Air Force's capabilities to accomplish its mandated mission," Delgado added. –