1 PAC 750 air craft to be built and brought over to PNGDF
Papua New Guinea Defence Force Air Element is ready to welcome its first aircraft set to be delivered before the end of this year.This were made known by Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Aerospace Mr Damian Camp during the signing of the agreement between PNGDF, Central Supply and Tenders Board and Pacific Aerospace on February 23 this year at PNGDF headquarters in Port Moresby.
It is a five year contract agreement that will now paves the way for PNGDF in acquiring six new air crafts .The six new aircrafts consist of four PAC 750 planes and two CT 4 military trainer planes that will be bought over under the package. All this six air crafts will be built by Pacific Aerospace starting this year.
Pacific Aerospace will be the leading company that will help PNGDF develop its air capability. During the signing in ceremony in January this year, Pacific Aerospace Chief Executive Officer Damian Camp says the training of PNGDF personals will take place in Hamilton, New Zealand and will cover basic flight and maintenance requirements of the two types of planes.
Mr Camp said that this is a new era in the development of PNGDF and Pacific Aerospace that will also help strengthened the relationship between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea Defence Force Commander Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo says the signing in ceremony was an historic moment for PNGDF.The six aircrafts plus the training that PNGDF will get out from Pacific Aerospace is a major boost for the force.
“The signing in agreement is a commitment made by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill during his visit to New Zealand. It is a great moment that we come to realised. These six aircrafts will help PNGDF conduct its constitutional duties and will also help the Government in rolling out its development programs through medical and school supplies into rural areas, “Brigadier Toropo said.
Brigadier Toropo also said that the aircrafts will also be very useful in conducting 2017 National Election and APEC 2018.
Mr Camp said that the first aircraft for PNGDF will be rebuilt and brought into PNG by end of this year.