PH Army receives helicopter donation from MVP

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PASIG CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) -- The Philippine Army (PA) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officially received a helicopter donated by Filipino businessman and sports patron Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP).

Pangilinan, together with National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP Chief of Staff Gen Gilbert I. Gapay and Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana led the deed of donation signing ceremony Thursday at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City to officially turn over the BO 105 Rotorcraft helicopter.

The Philippine Army expressed its gratitude to Pangilinan for his generous donation that, according to the PA, "will serve as a catalyst for developing the Army’s future rotary aviation and to improve the army’s aviation capacity in supporting government agencies during disasters and calamities."

The PA further said the unit will be used for developing Army Aviation Regiment’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief efforts, air ambulance capability, reconnaissance operation, and maritime patrols over its area of responsibility. It will also serve as an interim helicopter to train Army aviators and enhance PA’s overall capabilities to find, fix and finish off the enemies of the state.

The Philippine Army’s Aviation “Hiraya” Regiment was activated on July 05, 2019 and presently led by Col. Andre B. Santos. The Regiment was expanded from Army Aviation Battalion and has been instrumental in the Army’s aerial reconnaissance and maritime patrols over Northern Luzon, Eastern Mindanao, and Western Mindanao Command.

Meanwhile, the army is also pushing for additional mission essential equipment to develop Hiraya Regiment’s capability of supporting combined operations through the acquisition of armed reconnaissance helicopters, medium lift multi-purpose helicopters, and special mission aircrafts.

In addition to its acquisition projects, the Regiment also offers trainings under the Aviator Qualification Course and the Rotary Wing Transition Course to develop the capabilities of its aviation personnel. (PIA-NCR) 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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