Modernization up in PAF symposium
June 25, 2011 1:52 am
MANILA, June 24 – Philippine Air Force (PAF) commanding general Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena on Friday outlined the modernization plans of PAF during the one-day PAF symposium at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
Rabena told reporters that the PAF had already prepared its short and medium term plans for 2011 to 2017, after different rounds of symposia and workshops. The military expects transition from internal to external defense security operations.
The Air Force, under the military’s modernization program, had lined up the acquisition of C-130, night-capable attack helicopters, and long-range patrol aircraft, among others.
The Air Force traces its origins to the Philippine National Guard (PNG) created in March, 1917, by virtue of the approval of Act 2715 by Governor General Francis B. Harrison. The PNG had an aviation unit composed of 15 officers and 135 enlisted men.
In December, 1935, the Philippine Constabulary Air Corps (PCAC) was created by Commonwealth Act No. 1 passed by the National Assembly.
The PCAC was later renamed Philippine Army Air Corps (PAAC). On July 1, 1947, the PAAC was renamed Philippine Air Force and was elevated to a separate major command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). (PNA) RMA/JCA