The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has deployed its brand-new South Korean-made Mach 1.5 capable FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighters Trainer Aircraft (F/SA/LIFTA) for overflight missions in the Visayas. This was disclosed by PAF spokesperson Col. Antonio Francisco in a message to the PNA Wednesday.
“The overflight missions will also serve as a great avenue to train pilots and allow them to be acquainted with various aspect of flight missions such as the country’s different terrains, weather and possible areas of interests,” he added.
Overflights will also demonstrate the PAF’s air power capability to the public.
“This is to show the general public that these new air assets are vital in strengthening the country’s territorial borders, and that the PAF has already reentered the supersonic era,” the PAF spokesperson said.
Six are now in service with another six awaiting delivery this year. The PAF’s 12-plane order from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is worth PHP18.9 billion.
Francisco said FA-50PH overflights missions in the Visayas will center on Mactan, Roxas, Iloilo, Bacolod, and San Carlos City.
After this, the FA-50PHs will do the same in Mindanao.
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