FA-50 Fighter Jets: The Philippines Strengthens Its Defense

By: Val Powell - July 2, 2014

On Tuesday, Philippine’s President Benigno Aquino III announced that two FA-50 fighter jets will be delivered to the Philippines from a manufacturer in South Korea. The announcement was made at the Philippine Air Force’s 67th anniversary with the theme “Soaring High for Peace.”

The country is scrambling to look for ways to increase their defenses against the brewing territorial disputes with China regarding the South China Sea.

The purchase of the fighter jets comes with the Philippine government’s attempt to strengthen its Air Force defenses. The two aircrafts are expected to arrive next year and the remaining 10 will follow after three years. Reports indicate that the Department of Budget and Management set aside the sum of $420 million to purchase the jets from Korea Aerospace Industries, which is the supplier of the jets.

A look at the FA-50

In addition to the fighter jets, the government is also looking to purchase other combat utilities such as range patrol aircrafts and radar systems. The government is also expecting 17 UHI helicopters to arrive this year.

Aquino also took the time to thank the Air Force for their service during the Yolanda typhoon and the Zamboanga siege. “This is what we are celebrating today: professionalism, bravery, and stability in serving the country. These are the principles that we recognize in every unit, pilot, and personnel of the Philippine Air Force,” he said.

With the acquisition of the fighter jets, Aquino said that the Air Force “can again defend our territory in a more effective way.” In addition, the Philippine Air Force will also be enhancing their pilots’ skills.

The FA-50 fighter jet consists of an EL/M-2032 pulse-doppler radar, a longer radome, a bigger fuel capacity, tactical data link, and advanced avionics. Aside from being used in combat, the fighter jets will also be used in times of catastrophe, and for survey operations and training.

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  • PlaneDood

    Dat plane… it’s so beautiful :’)

  • http://yahoo.com eye opener

    Congratulations to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) for their new Sub Super Sonic Jet
    Fighter/Advanced Trainer, FA-50 Fighting Eagle. PAF should also acquire the Lockheed Martin FA-50 flight simulator. The Philippines should seek pilots training with the U.S. Navy Top Gun School with Tom Cruise. Since the Philippines and U.S. have defense agreement. Train the best qualified men (With Math and Engineering Degrees) in the country for the Next Generation PAF Fighter Pilots.

  • Ferdinand Icaro

    State of the Art :)

  • Follower

    parang sub multi role nadin sya grabe pede pang training pede pang combat pede pang survey pede air to air pede din air to ground galing…. state of the art

  • http://www.yahoo.com lem1

    good to counter China’s bullying habit. Thanks President Pnoy…two thumbs up for your effort to modernize our Air force. Just to let you know also that no patrol ship of Philippine navy and coast guard is patrolling the ayungin and sabina shoal. Please tell Mr. balilio to be pro active to guard this area before its too late.. China is already lurking this area and start regular visiting for their next move.

  • morejustice009

    Buy more missiles to shut down planes SAM, C-RAM lots of naval gun etc. 3 years is too late, to complete the 12 jets. Protect the cities in the whole country.