‘For this kind of surveillance plane, it’s the most modern that we have,’ says Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MANILA, Philippines – It’s the “first of its kind” in the Philippine Air Force – aircraft that will soon patrol different parts of the country, including war-torn Marawi City, the West Philippine Sea, and Benham Rise.

The Philippine Air Force on Thursday, July 27, officially received two Cessna C-208B Grand Caravan aircraft from the United States as part of a grant to the Philippines.

The two planes, which have intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, are worth roughly P1.67 billion or around $30 million, according to US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim.



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