Philippine Air Force 15th Strike Wing Brings OV-10 Bronco and SF-260TP Warrior Back Into Service
Philippine Air Force 15th Strike Wing Brings OV-10 Bronco and SF-260TP Warrior Back Into Service

Philippine Air Force 15th Strike Wing Brings OV-10 Bronco and SF-260TP Warrior Back Into Service

The airmen of 15th Strike Wing headed by the Wing Commander, Philippine Air Force 15th Strike Wing, Brigadier General Aristotle D Gonzalez PAF, welcomed the Commanding General, PAF, Lieutenant General Allen T Paredes Philippine Air Force during his Visit at 15th Strike Wing, Major Danilo Atienza Air Base, Sangley Point Cavite City on 19 November 2021. Following the Side Boys’ Honors was the Ribbon Cutting and Blessing of 15SW Headquarters Building and Blessing of Recovered and Restored Aircraft with the CG,PAF was the Guest of Honor.

He then proceeded to the 460AMG Hangar for the Visit Program, which included the presentation of Awards and Certificates to outstanding 15SW personnel. During his remarks, the CG, PAF stated we are his best legacy. He also expressed his gratitude to all Trojans for the support and embodiment of DIWA, GALING at MALASAKIT and reminded everyone to continue to serve God, country, and people with excellence. After the program, the CG, PAF quickly visited 20th Attack Squadron, where he was the 11th Squadron Commander.

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Philippine Air Force 15th Strike Wing Brings OV-10 Bronco and SF-260TP Warrior Back Into Service
Philippine Air Force 15th Strike Wing Brings OV-10 Bronco and SF-260TP Warrior Back Into Service

The North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is an American twin-turboprop light attack and observation aircraft. It was developed in the 1960s as a special aircraft for counter-insurgency (COIN) combat, and one of its primary missions was as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft. The PAF received 24 OV-10As from U.S. stocks in 1991, later followed by a further nine from the United States, and eight ex-Thai Air Force OV-10Cs in 2003–2004. The OV-10s are operated by the 16th Attack Squadron and 25th Composite Attack Squadron of the 15th Strike Wing, based in Sangley Point, Cavite.

The SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 (now Leonardo SF-260) is an Italian light aircraft which has been commonly marketed as a military trainer and aerobatics aircraft. Armed military versions, sold as the SF.260W Warrior, proved to be popular with smaller air forces, which could arm the type for use in the close air support role.In the early 1970s, Philippines Air Force operated 48 SF.260s (32 SF.260M; 16 SF.260W). The Philippines finalized a deal with Alenia Aermacchi for 18 new-build SF.260F primary/basic trainers. All 18 were delivered by Aermacchi Italy which was locally assembled by Aerotech Industries Philippines by April 2011.

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