Chinook, Black Hawks used for combined air assault training

US forces and Philippine Army troopers conducted an air assault training as “part of the combined field training exercise between the US forces and Philippine Army troopers,” Philippine Army 7th Infantry Division based at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija reports.

Combined exercises aims to enhance interoperability and capacity of both forces in the conduct of joint and combined operations in responding to natural disasters, crisis and enhance the war fighting capability of the Filipino forces.

Air assault is one of the exercises conducted as part of the Field Training Exercises (FTX) and Combined Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX) under Balikatan 2015 which will be held on April 20-30 2015. Air assault is the movement of ground-based military forces by vertical take-off and landing aircraft such as helicopters to seize and hold key terrain.

One Boeing CH-47 Chinook and two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters of US were used during the said training conducted Tuesday, April 14.