In a significant development for the Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF), the Air Transport Wing’s latest acquisition, P2-703, soared through its maiden flight with flying colors on February 7th.
Under the skilled command of Major Hepota, assisted by Royal Australian Air Force Wing Commander Tim Shaw, gracefully navigated the skies, marking a historic moment for the PNGDF.
Acting PNGDF Commander, Commodore Philip Polewara, put the final seal of approval on P2-703, formalizing its position as an essential part of the PNGDF aircraft fleet under the strict regulations of the PNG Defense Aviation Safety Framework.
This achievement highlights the close collaboration between Australia and PNG through the Defense Cooperation Program.
The program’s focus on increasing PNGDF’s independent aviation skills includes the recent gifting of two PAC-750 aircraft in 2023, further strengthening the partnership between the two nations.
The successful initial flight of P2-703 not only signifies a leap forward in PNGDF’s operational capacity, but also highlights the ongoing commitment to regional security and cooperation between PNG and Australia.
With P2-703 now in service, the PNGDF is better equipped to fulfill its crucial role in safeguarding the nation’s interests and contributing to regional stability.