For more excellent AS-211 pictures, go to user “Philippine Fly Boy”‘s Photo Stream at flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/7th_tactical_fighter_squadron_philippine_air_force/
It turns out that our armed forces and local companies have done some nice improvements on the S-211 aircrafts we have in service today. But first, just a short history: The Philippine Air Force (PhAF) ordered the SIAI-Marchetti S-211 in 1989, and received deliveries for 24 of these aircrafts from 1989 to 1994. Almost immediately, these were pressed into service not only as Basic Jet Trainers, but as Attack Aircrafts as well as its secondary role. They were re-designated locally to add an “A” to its S-211 designation to signify their secondary role, and also was nicknamed as “Warrior”.
‘Project Falcon Programs’
In 2005, the PhAF retired its remaining 10 F-5A/B aircrafts from active service, and the AS-211 was pressed into service for the defense of Philippine airspace as well as a (supposedly) temporary or stopgap measure. That same year, the PhAF leadership initiated some measures to try to improve the AS-211’s combat capability. The first of these was called “Project Falcon” which sought to replace the AS-211’s ISIS D211 gun sight which were then having reliability problems and interfering with the aircrafts ability to carry out its missions. The sight was to be replaced with the Norsight Optical Sight taken from retired F-5 aircrafts. The program proved to be successful and provided the AS-211 with an accurate and reliable, albeit rudimentary sight. Note the basic Norsight Optical Sight on an F-5A’s cockpit in the picture below:
Continue reading Philippine AS-211 Warrior Improvements – September 2013