4TH BATCH OF FA-50PH JETS TO ARRIVE ON MARCH 29

29 March 2017

The PAF will hold an arrival ceremony of the fourth batch of FA-50PH jets on March 29, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City, Clark Air Base in Pampanga with the Vice Commander of the PAF, Major General Conrado V Parra Jr AFP, as Guest of Honor.

The FA-50 is a multirole fighter variant of KAI's T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic advanced jet trainer. It is capable of carrying short range air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles with countermeasures such as chaffs and infrared flares.

The PAF’s acquisition of the 12 FA-50PH F/SA/LIFTA is under the AFP Modernization Program contracted with the Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI), Ltd. to beef up the country’s territorial defense capabilities. Moreover, the said acquisition signals the symbolic return of the PAF to its supersonic age after the PAF's F-5 Freedom Fighter jets were retired in 2005.

With the arrival of the fourth batch of FA-50PH jets, the PAF now has eight jets in its inventory while the delivery of the rest of the jets will be completed within 2017.

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