WATCH: Philippine Air Force's 'brand new birds'
(Philstar.com) - August 17, 2015 - 2:47pm

MANILA, Philippines — Eight new Bell-412EPs combat utility helicopters and two AgustaWestland AW-109E attack helicopters were formally turned over to the Philippine Air Force on Monday morning.

The joint formal acceptance and blessing ceremonies took place at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

On Sunday, the Air Force released videos of its "brand new birds."

 

Our Bell-412EPs reporting for duty!

Posted by Philippine Air Force on Sunday, August 16, 2015
 

Welcome to our brand new birds, the AW-109Es Attack Helicopters and Bell-412EPs. SOAR HIGH PAF!

Posted by Philippine Air Force on Sunday, August 16, 2015

 

The Air Force, however, admitted that there is still a long way to go before the country can have the capability to defend and protect its national interests when necessary.

FULL STORY: Air Force chief: Still a long way to go in achieving minimum credible defense

"It's still a long way to go. We are just starting (to enhance) our capability," Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado said after the turnover of the new helicopters on Monday. — with reports from Alexis Romero

AIR AIR FORCE ALEXIS ROMERO ATTACK HELICOPTERS AND BELL COM DIV FACEBOOK FORCE JEFFREY DELGADO PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE QUOT
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