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Australia donates two PAC-750 aircraft to PNG

13th March 2023 - 21:43 GMT | by Ben Felton in Canberra


Australian and Papua New Guinean defence officials sign an MoU during Avalon Airshow 2023. (Photo: ADF)

Australia is donating a pair of PAC-750 XSTOL aircraft to Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea is set to receive two additional PAC-750 XSTOL aircraft from Australia, as the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) Air Transport Wing (ATW) rebuilds its fixed-wing airlift capabilities.

The first new PAC-750 is set to arrive in PNG next month, with the second expected in September. This will bring the fleet to three such aircraft.

The PNGDF received its first one in 2018. However, the aircraft quickly fell into disrepair. By 2019 it was non-operational, leaving the force with no fixed-wing aviation capability.

PNG’s journey to rehabilitate its fixed-wing capabilities began at Avalon Airshow 2017 with the

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Ben Felton


Ben Felton

Ben Felton is an Australian-based freelance defence journalist.

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