New PAF choppers to be used for search and rescue


MANILA, Philippines – The eight brand new combat helicopters purchased by the Philippine Air Force as part of its equipment upgrade will also be used for search and rescue operations in times of calamities, its spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Miguel Okol told Radyo Inquirer 990AM that the PAF leadership has decided to use the W-3A Sokol helicopters not only for combat but also for search and rescue operations.

Four of the eight helicopters were received by PAF last March from Polish manufacturer PZL-Swidnik SA.

By the end of the year, the brand new two-engine helicopters may be used for search and rescue operations.

Okol said they were also looking to acquire new fighter planes, radars and other equipment to beef up their operations for territorial defense.

PAF will be opening to the public its Fernando Airbase in Lipa, Batangas on July 6 as part of its 65th founding anniversary.

Okol also encouraged the public to attend their air power symposium on July 22 and participate in a fun run with PAF officers on July 24 at the Venice Piazza in McKinley Hill.

The PAF spokesman said they would like to explain to the public how the upgrade of equipment could benefit the country and its people.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • billy gunner

    PAF – Puro Air at walang Force

  • ejohn

    soon!… 5 squadrons of F-22 Raftors, 10 squadrons of F-16, 15 squadrons of Mig-29 and 10 squadrons of Black hawk attack helicopter…….. yan lang muna!..” wishhh ko langgg”..

    • aymokay

      di natin kaya bilhin yan, dapat ung bilhin nating eroplano ay ka level lang ng political will ng ating mga political leaders, kaya makuntento na tayo sa mga trainer planes

  • Hendot2012

    Sana ICBM na lng kinuha ni PNoy

    • keithmaxx

      Which are one-time use per missile? Mahal yun, sir.

  • fengsun811

    After ni Cory SU-211 sana nasundan ni Ramos bumili ng Air Craft for Air force at navy Ships. Si Tabako walang ginawa kundi mag payaman at mag bigay pera sa mga heneral nya. Ano nangyari ngayon? Wala tayong panlaban sa mga outside enemy. Kahit sa kanyang pananalita iba tlaga ang utak nya. Utak talilong.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos