2 more FA-50PHs join PHL Air Force’s fighter fleet

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Thursday formally accepted two additional South Korean-made FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” jet fighters, bringing to eight the total number of Mach 1.5 capable aircraft in its fleet.

An acceptance ceremony took place at the Haribon Hangar of Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga, with PAF chief of air staff, Maj. Gen. Rozzano Briguez in attendance, said Air Force spokesperson Col. Antonio Francisco.

Joining the FA-50PH fleet are jet planes with Tail Number 007 and 008, which arrived last March 29.

The first two FA-50PH units were delivered on Nov. 28, 2015, the second batch on Dec. 8 last year, and the third batch last February 22.

The PAF’s 12-plane order from the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is worth PHP18.9 billion.

The remaining four KAI-made FA-50PHs are expected to be delivered before the end of the year.

The FA-50PH 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. PNA-northboundasia.com