Increasing demand for maritime situational awareness for our archipelagic nation paved the way for the upgrade of the Naval Air Wing of the Philippine Navy, an integral component for maritime defense.
It acquired several aircraft recently, including Beechcraft King Air C-90 patrol planes, AgustaWestland 109 helicopters, and ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles.
The wing was upgraded from its group status in 2019. Its mission is unique from the Air Force, as it focuses on maritime defense and sea control, especially crucial in times of conflict.
Some of the future acquisitions of the Naval Air Wing in the coming years include the multi-purpose amphibious aircraft, medium and heavy-lift helicopters and the upgrade of naval helicopter weapons.
The unit is also expecting to acquire up to eight Beechcraft C-12 Huron aircraft from the United States within the year. A joint visual inspection of the planes in the US is scheduled in the first quarter of 2021.