The two just arrived FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” jets from South Korea have conducted test flight to Davao City from Pampanga Friday, February 24 minutes before 12 noon, said in a report by SunStar Davao. These jets first arrived in country at Clark Airbase, Pampanga on February 22.
The said aircraft, FA-50PH 005 and 006, are the fifth and sixth of twelve ordered aircraft from Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI). Remaining six FA-50PHs are expected to be delivered this year.
When accepted for Air Force service, 005 and 006 will join the 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the Air Defense Wing of Philippine Air Force based at Basa Air Base in Pampanga.
The Fighting Eagles are acting as country’s interim fighter at the same time lead-in fighter trainer aircraft, until the Air Force gets enough experience of operating fast jet assets and budget to fund the acquisition of more capable fighter aircraft.
The FA-50PHs has a top speed of Mach 1.5 or one and a half times the speed of sound and is capable of being fitted air-to-air missiles, including the AIM-9 “Sidewinder” air-to-air and heat-seeking missiles aside from light automatic cannons.
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