- Two more FA-50 fighter jets has arrived in Clark on Wednesday, February 22
- The arrival of said aircraft brings the PAF’s current fleet to six
- Four units were delivered in November 2015 and December 2016, while the rest of the dozen units are expected to arrive this year
MANILA, Philippines – The two FA-50 fighter jets has finally arrived as scheduled in Clark Air Base in Pampanga on Wednesday, February 22.
The FA-50s were part of the 12 units acquired by the Philippine government through the P18.97-B contract it signed with the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) in March 2015 as part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program initiated by the past administration.
The arrival of the two fighter jets has brought the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF) current fleet to six. Its tail numbers are 005 and 006.
The first two arrived in November 2015, followed by another pair in December last year. The rest of the dozen aircraft is expected to be delivered this year.
In a statement on Tuesday, February 21, PAF spokesperson Col. Antonio Francisco said these FA 50s are expected to further strengthen the PAF assets and boost its training of pilots in acquiring skills about fighter planes.
“So that, just in case we need further improvement in the near future, at least our pilots will have the time and the required skills for better improvement,” Francisco said.
The FA-50 is described as ‘a light attack variant of the T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer aircraft jointly developed by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).’
It has a top speed of Mach 1.5 and can be fitted with air-to-air missiles, heat-seeking missiles, and light automatic cannons.
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