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New fighter jets from S. Korea arrive today

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by Francis T. Wakefield

The arrival today of two FA-50PH fighter jets from South Korea is expected to beef up the air capability of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina, Air Force chief, said the Korean made FA-50PH Aircraft with Tail Numbers 003 and 004 will arrive at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City, Clark Air Base, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, at 10 a.m. today.

He said the second batch of FA-50PH F/SA/LIFTA from Korea will be brought into the country by the pilots from the Korean Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (KAI).

The first batch of supersonic jets arrived in the country on November 28, 2015 while the remaining batch will be flown in by September next year.

This is part of the PAF’s purchase from Korea Aerospace Industries of 12 fighter jets worth P18.9 billion.

The PAF said the FA-50 PH has a top speed of Mach 1.5 or one and a half times the speed of sound and is capable to be fitted with air-to-air missiles.

The missiles include the AIM-9 “Sidewinder” air-to-air and heat-seeking missiles.

Fallorina said the arrival of the two new aircrafts will boost the territorial defense of the country.

“There are two aircrafts coming over on December 1, the third and fourth one. This will surely boost the territorial defense of the country,” Fallorina said during the 77th Department of National Defense (DND) anniversary at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Tuesday.

Fallorina, a helicopter pilot, said he personally tested the aircraft by sitting at the backseat of the fighter jet.

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  • wildmonk

    Very nice. When will it be equipped with missiles?

  • Jesse D

    These planes operating on their own will just be “targets”. To win in air combat is not just flying a combat aircraft. It involves Communications, Command, Control. The Philippines does not have that infrastructure, therefore, these planes are just expensive targets.

    • Von Merced Villafranca

      @disqus_PTXGpKQ6p8:disqus aprub!! (y) yan po yun binili ni Pnoy gamit ang pera natin 😀

      • Inigo Montoya

        Galit ka lang kay President Aquino dahil sinubo niya ang tae sa mga mukha ng mga kleptong Marcos’.

        • Von Merced Villafranca

          @disqus_OiFhe95O6U:disqus Ate ang babaw ng argument mo. Eh wala namang halaga yung sinabi mo sa comment mo.

      • Jesse D

        It doesn’t matter who bought the planes, they’re still flying pieces of crap that are “targets”, manned targets.

    • Inigo Montoya

      Thats how much you know, and need to know.

      • Jesse D

        That’s deep (sarc). And your point is????

        • Inigo Montoya

          Stay that way. Thats how far you’ll get the point and hope is not an option.

          • Jesse D

            Your are such a genius. And yes, that’s sarcasm.

          • Inigo Montoya

            Don’t forget……..”a scholar and a gentleman.”

  • momoy

    this is a trainer fighter jets preparing our pilots for more advances multi role fighter jets

  • EBR

    good news!

  • EBR

    8 more to go…

  • ApexPredator_

    The Philippines needs CAS capable aircraft. Even low intensity CAS prop driven aircraft should do mince eat out of rebels, commies, and muslims.

    Whoever was responsible for obtaining these aircraft surely have no idea on warfare, even if they’re generals of the armed forces. =)

  • mozzarella

    This will be useful against local insurgents but against foreign intruders with a superior armaments, it won’t be enough. But its a start.