Anti-aircraft guns, S-211 jets, helicopter gunships provide air cover for Pope Francis

S-211 trainer jets will be patrolling the aerial vicinity where Pope Francis will be holding activities during his Philippine visit. Philippine Air Force spokesperson Lt. Col. Enrico Canaya confirms to Philippine News Agency that Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines radars and military observation outposts will direct patrolling jets.

“S-211s have no airborne radar so we will rely on information from the CAAP and pre-designated military observation posts in the ground,” Lt. Col. Canaya told the government-managed news agency.

“We will provide air cover, we will strictly enforce the three nautical miles radius ‘no-fly zone, we are employing different types of aircraft from S-211s, helicopter gunships, and even ground based anti-aircraft guns, for air cover,” the Air Force spokesman adds.