Manila, Oct 10 (IANS) The Philippines has received a C-130 plane from the US which will primarily be used for transporting relief goods during calamities, a media report said on Monday.
The plane departed from a US air force facility in Tucson, Arizona, on Thursday. The official said the plane made several stopovers for refueling, before heading to the Philippines on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.
C-130s serve as the work horse of the military in the transport of its personnel and supplies to the frontline. These aircraft are used in the delivery of relief goods during calamities. They are also used by the military for maritime patrol, though this is merely a secondary mission for the aircraft, an Air Force official said.
“It will enhance our capability in the transport of troops and supplies. It will also help us in responding to calamities. One of duties is to deliver relief goods,” the official added.
The plane is one of the two C-130s acquired by the defence and military establishment from the US, under the Excess Defense Articles Program, for $35.61 million. The first aircraft was delivered in April.
The Air Force currently has several other transport planes in its inventory, including three C-295 and three Fokker planes which are classified as medium-lift aircraft.