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List of active military aircraft of the Philippines

Air Force

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Quantity Note
Trainer Aircraft
Lead in Trainer
Aermacchi S-211  Italy Light attack aircraft / Advanced trainer AS-211 3 (+2)[1] 25 aircraft, including one partially completed airframe for spare parts and 15 assembled locally by Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation.[2] Due to accidents, 13 remain in inventory. S.211 models were locally upgraded to AS-211 "Warrior" standard for ground-attack missions. Several more airframes stored, waiting for reactivation.[2]Three more will be reactivated as jet trainers - aimed at increasing the number of aerial assets needed to screen and train prospective FA-50 pilots.[1]
Aermacchi SF-260  Italy Light attack aircraft
Primary trainer
18 older SF.260M & SF.260W models (designated as "MP" and "WP" respectively) were retrofitted with the Allison 250-B17D turboprop engine and are configured for light attack.[3] 8 older trainer SF.260TPs from the 1990s are augmented with 18 new trainer SF-260Fs (designated "FH") in 2012.[4]
KAI FA-50 Fighting Eagle  South Korea Lead-in fighter trainer / Multirole Fighter FA-50PH 0 (+12) Contract signed on March 28, 2014. The first two of the FA-50 will be delivered after 18 months of the contract. The next two will be after 12 months of the first delivery. The remaining eight will be delivered in staggered basis after two months until 2017.[5]
North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco  United States Light attack aircraft / Surveillance aircraft OV-10
6 in active service 6-8 for scraps and operational Some OV-10A were upgraded to OV-10M (SLEP) with four-bladed propellers.[6] Five OV-10Cs provided by Thailand in 2003-2004. Upgraded to deliver Paveway LGB. The last official count was 8,[7] but all are grounded since one unit met an accident June 2013.[8]
Transport Aircraft
EADS CASA C-295  Spain Medium lift aircraft CN295 0 (+3) 3 on order[9]
Fokker F27 Friendship  Netherlands VIP Transport
Maritime patrol aircraft
Medium tactical transport
7 aircraft still owned by PAF but only 3 remain active.[10]
Fokker F28 Fellowship  Netherlands VIP Transport Mk 3000 1 primary presidential aircraft[11][12]
GAF N-22 Nomad  Australia Light transport aircraft N-22B 3[13] 20 Nomads only 3 in service
IAe NC-212 Aviocar  Indonesia Light lift aircraft NC-212i 0 (+2) PT Air Indonesia (Persero) was awarded by the Philippine government a contract for the procurement of two aircraft NC212i.[14]
Lockheed C-130 Hercules  United States Heavy tactical transport aircraft C-130B
0 (+2)
1 C-130B and 2 C-130Hs.[15] The US will be donating two units.[16] There are also plans to get 2 C-130Ts from the US Department of Defense.[17]
Surveillance Aircraft
Rockwell International Turbo Commander  United States Surveillance aircraft 690 1[15]
Trainer Aircraft
Cessna T-41 Mescalero  United States Primary pilot trainer T-41B
Fourteen T-41D, plus fifteen T-41B from South Korea added 2009[18]
Utility Aircraft
Cessna 210 Centurion  United States Light utility aircraft LC-210 1 Cloud seeding Aircraft[19]
Combat Helicopter
AgustaWestland AW109 Power  Italy Attack Helicopter / Armed Scout Helicopter AW-109E 0 (+8) The contract is signed on October 30, 2013.[20] Deliveries will start in 2014.[21]
Bell UH-1 Iroquois  United States Combat utility helicopter UH-1H/V
Huey II
50 (+9)
10 (+11)
Probably more units are active and at least 10 units are in storage for spares. PAF acquired license and was able to upgrade 2 units into Huey-2s in 2005. 46 units were counted to have been received by the PAF since the year 2000.[22] 4 Huey II units are delivered to the Air Force as of July 2014[23] and 3 more are expected to be delivered within the next months.
McDonnell Douglas MD 500 Defender  United States Scout / Light Attack Helicopter MD-520MG 25[15]
Search and Rescue Helicopter
Bell 205  United States Search and rescue helicopter 205A 8[15]
PZL W-3 Sokół  Poland SAR / Utility helicopter W-3A 7[24] Operated by the 505th Search and Rescue Group.[25]
Sikorsky S-76  United States Combat SAR helicopter & Air ambulance S-76A/AUH-76A 10[15] The PAF originally received 17 aircraft.
Transport Helicopter
Bell 412  United States VIP transport helicopter
Combat utility helicopter
412EP 5 (+3)
0 (+5)
5 aircraft are currently operated by the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing for VIP transport.[26] 8 units are ordered from Canada, 5 of which will be configured for combat utility operations with the remaining 3 to be configured for VIP transport.[27]
Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk  United States VIP transport helicopter S-70A-5 1[28] Two delivered in 1984.


Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Quantity Note
Fixed-wing Aircraft
Beechcraft Queen Air  United States Utility aircraft 3 [29]
Cessna 150  United States Utility aircraft 1
Cessna 172 Skyhawk  United States Utility aircraft 172L
Cessna 206  United States Utility aircraft 2
Cessna 421 Golden Eagle  United States Utility aircraft 421B 2 [29]


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)  Philippines Small surveillance aircraft 2 The first drone is known as Raptor and the second drone is Knight Falcon.[30]

Coast Guard

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Quantity Note
Fixed-wing Aircraft
BN-2 Islander  United Kingdom Maritime patrol aircraft / Light transport aircraft 3
Eurocopter EC145  France Search and Rescue Helicopter 0(+2) On order[31]
MBB Bo 105  Germany Utility helicopter 2

Naval Air Group

Aircraft Photo Origin Role Version Quantity Note
Fixed-wing Aircraft
BN-2 Islander  United Kingdom Maritime patrol aircraft / Light transport aircraft BN-2A 6[15] more stored awaiting re-activation
Cessna 172 Skyhawk  United States Trainer aircraft 172F[32]
AgustaWestland AW109 Power  Italy Multi-purpose naval helicopter AW-109E 3 (+2)[33] Initially, 3 units arrived last December 10, 2013.[34] The 2 remaining armed versions are expected before the end of 2014.[35]
MBB Bo 105  Germany Utility helicopter Bo 105C 4[15] more stored awaiting re-activation
Robinson R22  United States Training helicopter R22 Beta II[32] 1[32]

See also


  1. ^ a b Editor (8 June 2014). "Reactivation of additional S-211s to train F/A-50 pilots". Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Hendrik H.van der Veen. "SIAI-MARCHETTI S.211 production list". Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Paul Lewis (28 Aug 1996). "Philippine air force re-engines SF.260". Flight International. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "PAF boosts capability, ready for modernization". Philippine Information Agency. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Frances Mangosing (28 March 2014). "PH acquires P23.7B-worth of fighter jets, helicopters". Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco Observation / Light Attack Aircraft (1966)". Military Factory. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Jaime Sinapit and Elmer Badilla (24 June 2013). "All OV-10s grounded following Bronco crash off Palawan - Air Force". Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Frances Magnosing (6 June 2014). "Remains of co-pilot of PAF plane found almost a year after crash". Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Alexis Romero (February 28, 2014). "Spanish firm wins bidding for supply of fixed wing aircraft". Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Mark van Drunen and Rob Beekmans. "F-27 FLEETLIST". Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Mark van Drunen and Rob Beekmans. "FOKKER 28 FLEETLIST". Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Kimberly Jane Tan (August 24, 2012). "Air Force: 'Old' planes used by PNoy safe to fly". Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ Valente, Catherine S. (1 July 2013). "66 planes to make flyby as Air Force marks 66th anniversary". The Manila Times. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  14. ^ ANANDA PUTRI (30 December 2013). "Filipina Pesan Dua Pesawat PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Philippine Book Two Indonesian Aerospace Aircraft PT)". Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g "World Air Forces 2014". Flightglobal Insight. 2014. p. 23. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Camille Diola (July 23, 2014). "US to give C-130 planes to Philippines". Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Government of the Philippines – C-130T Aircraft". Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "AFP receives Korean trainer aircraft today". Malaya Newspaper. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  19. ^ Sinapit, Jaime (27 December 2013). "With 3rd C-130 commissioned, Air Force boosts cargo assets". TV5/Associated Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  20. ^ Carmela Fonbuena (November 7, 2013). "Air Force gets 8 new attack helicopters". Rappler. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Philippine Air Force Signs Contract for Eight AW109 Power helicopters". June 11, 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  22. ^ "SIPRI Arms Transfer Database (1995-2013)".  
  23. ^ "Philippine Air Force receives four new UH-1 Huey helicopters". Airforce Technology. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  24. ^ "PZL-Świdnik completes the delivery of Sokol helicopters to the Philippine Air Force from Lublin Airport". PZL-Świdnik S.A. (AgustaWestland). Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  25. ^ Nepomuceno, Jigs (31 May 2013). "All PAF W-3A 'Sokols' operational". ( Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Kontrata para sa ‘Golden Eagle’ aircraft ng Pilipinas, lalagdaan na ngayong Marso". March 22, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  27. ^ AIRheads/MB (2014-04-04). "Philippine Air Force confirms 8 Bell 412s". Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  28. ^ "Special Report : World Air Forces 2011/2012". Flight International magazine. p. 22. 
  29. ^ a b c d de Lima, J. A./Cruz, Michael C. (5 August 2011). "Defense system by the numbers". (The GUIDON). Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  30. ^ Mangosing, Frances (19 December 2013). "PH Army displays drones to public". (Philippine Daily Inquirer). Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  31. ^ "2 Choppers on order". Zambotimes. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  32. ^ a b c d "Naval Air Group Historical Events". Naval Air Group Philippine Navy. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  33. ^ Mangosing, Frances (11 December 2013). "3 of 5 Agusta choppers delivered to PH Navy". (Philippine Daily Inquirer). Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  34. ^ "Philippine Navy receives three AgustaWestland AW109 Power helicopters". December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  35. ^ "Phl Navy’s armed AW-109Es to arrive before year-end". June 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 

External links

  • Department of National Defense Official Website
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines Official Website
  • Philippine Air Force Official Website

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