2 more FA-50PH jet fighters to arrive Wednesday

2 more FA-50PH jet fighters to arrive Wednesday

MANILA — The Philippine Air Force (PAF) will formally welcome two more South Korean-made FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” jet fighters who are scheduled to land in Clark Airbase, Angeles City, Pampanga on Wednesday.

These planes, with tail numbers 007 and 008, will be welcomed by PAF vice commander Major Gen. Conrado Parra upon landing.

Arrival of the two aircraft is expected at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The first two FA-50PH units were delivered last Nov. 28, 2015 while the second batch was handed over last Dec. 8.

While the third batch was turned over to the PAF last Feb. 22.

The PAF’s 12-plane order from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is worth Php 18.9 billion.

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. Priam Nepomuceno/PNA-northboundasia.com