The Philippine Air Pressure (PAF) bared Thursday its remaining sub-sonic SIAI Marchetti S-211 jet trainers are actually being utilized for coaching and different assist missions. This got here after the supply of the 12 models of the Mach 1.5 succesful South Korean-made FA-50PH mild jet fighters has been accomplished. The S-211s are actually being utilized for) fighter pilot coaching, close-air assist, and maritime patrol over the KIG (Kalayaan Island Floor). The Philippine News Agency reported that planning for a alternative, analysis is ongoing, and there can be a presentation of the doable plane fashions.

The Philippine Air Pressure acquired round 25 S-211 models within the Nineteen Nineties, together with one partially accomplished airframe for spare elements and 15 assembled domestically by Philippine Aerospace Growth Company however attrition and lack of spare elements have diminished the variety of plane in service to about three to 5 models. These jets served because the Air Pressure’s sole fighter plane following the retirement of the PAF’s final seven F-5 plane, out of a complete of 35, in 2005 as a consequence of airframe cracks, excessive gasoline prices, and issue to find spare elements. These had been redesignated as AS-211s and nicknamed as “Warriors”.


Philippine Air Pressure sub-sonic SIAI Marchetti S-211 jet trainers

With the retirement of the F-5 fighters in 2005, the extra job of air protection was assigned to it as properly. Due to this, the Philippine Air Pressure initiated some enhancements to the AS-211s to enhance its fight functionality by way of a sequence of packages and improvements. The primary program was known as “Mission Falcon” which put in the Norsight Optical Sight from retired F-5s into the AS-211. These plane had been additionally fitted with a Stomach Gun Pod designed, developed and manufactured by Philippine firm Aerotech Industries Philippines, Inc. (AIPI). Every Pod is supplied with an M3 .50 cal Machine Gun, an automated charger and roughly 240 rounds of .50 cal ammunition.

The SIAI-Marchetti S.211 (later Aermacchi S-211) is a turbofan-powered army coach plane designed and initially marketed by Italian aviation producer SIAI-Marchetti (now Leonardo Firm). SIAI-Marchetti began to develop the S-211 in 1976 as a personal enterprise initiative, saying its existence throughout the next yr. On 10 April 1981, the primary prototype carried out its maiden flight. Some 60 plane have been bought to air forces all over the world. Following Aermacchi’s buy of SIAI-Marchetti in 1997, the previous has held the manufacturing rights to the kind. The S-211 can carry a crew of two, has a cruise pace of round 667 km/h (414 mph, 360 knots), and might carry weapons, rockets, and unguided bombs for close-air assist missions.