The Philippine Air Force (PAF) will receive 18 new light aircraft and eight helicopters as part of the armed forces of the Philippines modernisation programme.

PAF 1st Air Division commander Major General Artemio Orozco said four of the 18 aircraft and eight helicopters would be delivered before the end of 2010, and the rest in 2011.

The PAF will use the multipurpose helicopters during disaster and military operations, and the light training aircraft to replace old training aircraft.

The air force is also constructing a taxiway and ramp to enable smooth manoeuvrings of these aircraft.