UPDATED: Philippine Air Force’s FA-50PHs displayed during its 70th founding anniversary celebration in Clark Air Base on July 4 were armed with inert AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground tactical missile (AGM) designed for close air support, this was highlighted by Pinoy Aviators Facebook page.
Inert means the munition is a dummy unit or it is deactivated with parts like propellant removed or it contains no explosives which can be used for practice.
However, MaxDefense Philippines said “presence of inert Mavericks means live missiles could already be in PAF’s inventory.”
“You don’t get just inerts,” MaxDefense explained in its social networking page.
The said aircraft were also armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missile and unguided Mark 82 low-drag general-purpose bomb.
One of the celebration’s highlight was the presentation of certificate of complete delivery for 12 FA-50PH ‘Fighting Eagle’ Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighter Trainer (F/SA/LIFT) aircraft.
Earlier today, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed that a Philippine C-130 military transport aircraft flew to Arizona, United States to pick up munitions for PAF aircraft.
The said C-130 left the country June 23 and was back July 1.
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