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2 more jet fighters purchased from South Korea arrive at Clark

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by Francis Wakefield

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) yesterday said the fifth batch of two FA-50PH training aircraft from South Korea arrived Wednesday at Clark Airbase, Pampanga.

Air Force spokesman Col. Antonio Francisco said the second-to-the-last batch of FA-PH Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighters Training Aircraft with tail numbers 009 and 010 from South Korea arrived before noon at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City, Clark Air Base, Pampanga.

Francisco said the two FA-50PH aircraft were welcomed by 1st Division commander Maj. Gen. Enrique Reyes and Air Logistics Command chief Maj. Gen. Arnold Mancita.

The two aircraft were brought into the country by pilots of the Korean Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (KAI). The 009 touch down at about 11:20 a.m., followed by the 010 a minute later.

The first batch of jets arrived in the country from South Korea on November 28, 2015, while the remaining batch is expected by next month. “We still don’t know the exact delivery date but this will be within the year. We hope it will be delivered before the PAF anniversary in July,” he said.

Francisco said the planes will further strengthen the PAF’s air capabilities. “They will also help boost the training capabilities of our pilots, so that our pilots will acquire more skills in flying fighter jets or supersonic jets,” he said.

This arrival of the planes is part of the PAF’s purchase from Korea Aerospace Industries of 12 fighter jets for a total of P18.9 billion.

The FA-50 PH has a top speed of Mach 1.5 – one and a half times the speed of sound – and is capable of being fitted with air-to-air missiles. The missiles include the AIM-9 “Sidewinder” air-to-air and heat-seeking missiles.

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  • kobe_beef2424

    eh to na yung palamuting binili ng pa not wala naman missiles

  • Cheap Tuesdays

    Does the country actually have a pilot capable of getting this off the ground?

    • angpilipinongayon

      All FA50 have PH pilots already. The FA50 jets for the first time in its history, were used to bomb against MAUI terrorist groups in Lanao province.

      • Cheap Tuesdays

        Great…they should also drop nuclear bombs on chinese vessels in spratlys…and on kim jong un’s ass…and on Abu Sayyaf’s nude camps…LOL…just kidding…

  • danaugust68

    An aircraft without any armament. Well, the Paltik maker of Danao must be the one who will provide armament for this Jets.

  • TulisangDagat

    pang training pagkatapos saka kayo bumili ng kwitis malapit na ang piyesta !!!!!!

  • Richard Ng

    yay, two more planes that will do nothing but to eat money for fuel, parts and maintenance.

    • angpilipinongayon

      The FA50 jets were already used against terrorist groups. As mentioned, it is a trainer jet to prepare PH pilots for more capable Multirole fighter jets.