2 More FA-50PH jets arriving after 10 days

Two more South Korean-made FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” jet fighters will be joining the Philippine Air Force (PAF) inventory on March 29. FA-50PHs with tail numbers 007 and 008 will be delivered at Clark Airbase in Angeles City, Pampanga.

With the pending arrival of these aircraft, the number of Mach 1.5 capable jets in PAF inventory will climb to eight, Air Force spokesperson Col. Antonio Francisco said.

The first two FA-50PH units were delivered last Nov. 28, 2015 while the second batch was handed over last December 8. While the third batch was turned over to the PAF last Feb. 22.

Francisco said they expect Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the aircraft manufacturer, to deliver the remaining four FA-50PHs within the year.

The PAF’s 12-plane order from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is worth PHP18.9 billion.

The FA-50PHs will act as the country’s interim fighter until the Philippines get enough experience of operating fast jet assets and money to fund the acquisition of more capable fighter aircraft.