Wednesday, March 29, 2017

4'th Batch of FA-50PH "Fighting Eagles" arrived, deliveries to be completed in May

Two more light lead-in fighter/trainer jets bought by Philippine Air Force (PAF) from South Korea arrived today bringing total number of jets to 8.

FA-50PH lead-in fighter/trainer aircraft with tail number 007 and 008 touched down past 11 in the morning at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City; Clark Air Base in Pampanga.

This is the fourth batch of FA-50PH delivered by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) Ltd. from South Korea.

KAI started the delivery of the aircraft in batches in 2015 and another 2 batches is expected within this year.

According to AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla during an interview, the final batch of FA-50PH will be delivered in May this year; Four months in advance from the scheduled completion of deliveries which is in September, 2017.

The PAF’s acquisition of the 12 FA-50PH F/SA/LIFTA is under the AFP Modernization Program to beef up the country’s territorial defense capabilities.

The FA-50PH “Fighting Eagles” are capable of light ground and sea attacks and maritime patrols.

PAF’s Air Defense Wing commander Col Gerald S Da-anton said, our FA-50PH can be at par with other country’s fighter aircraft once fitted with right armaments and ammunition.

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