Air Force Increases Its Fleet Of Fighting Eagles With The Arrival Of Two More Jets

27 April 2017

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) now has 10 FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighters Trainer Aircraft (F/SA/LIFTA) in its inventory with the arrival of the two additional platforms on Wednesday morning, April 26, 2017, at the Haribon Hangar, Air Force City, Clark Air Base in Pampanga.

With the expected arrival of the last batch of FA-50 jets sometime in May 2017, the delivery of PAF’s 12-jets order from the Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI), Ltd. is near completion.

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 KAI 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.