By Francis Wakefield
The Philippine Air Force (PAF) said the final batch of two FA-50PH training aircraft from South Korea will arrive at Clark Airbase, Pampanga on Wednesday.
Air Force spokesman Col. Antonio Francisco, said the final batch of FA-50PH Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighters Training Aircraft with tail numbers 011 and 012 from South Korea will arrive before noon at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City, Clark Air Base, Pampanga.
Francisco said the commander of the Air Logistics Command, Maj. Gen. Arnold A. Mancita, will be the guest of honor during the turnover ceremony.
Francisco said the blessing of the said aircraft will immediately follow.
Francisco said the final batch of the FA-50PH training aircraft will be brought into the country by pilots from the Korean Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI).
The first batch of supersonic jets arrived in the country on November 28, 2015.
Francisco said the arrival of the planes is expected to further strengthen or boost the PAF’s air capabilities, including the training of their personnel.
“The planes will also help boost the training capabilities of our pilots, it will also be used for training purposes 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 of 12 fighter jets worth P18.9 billion from Korea Aerospace Industries.
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.