Philippines completed receiving FA-50PH aircraft

As reported by the Philippine media, on May 31, 2017, the Philippine air base Clark arrived after flying from South Korea, the last two of the 12 Philippine light fighter aircraft ordered by the FA-50PH training aircraft, built by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). Aircraft have onboard numbers of the Air Forces of the Philippines "17-011" and "17-012".
18700759_1020287658108262_8531169477253673784_o
The last two of the 12 received by the Philippines Air Force light fighter / combat-training aircraft KAI FA-50PH (tail numbers "17-011" and "17-012") arrive at Clark air base, Philippines, 05/31/2017 (c) Han-Chia -Ho "Peter" / www.hccapa.com
Thus, the implementation of the contract concluded by the Ministry of Defense of the Philippines with KAI on March 28, 2015 worth 18.9 billion Philippine pesos ($ 421.1 million) for the supply of 12 light fighter / combat combat aircraft FA-50PH was successfully completed. The FA-50PH two-seater is a modification of the FA-50 light fighter / combat training aircraft, created on the basis of the famous KAI T-50 Golden Eagle combat training aircraft.
The firstThe FA-50PH aircraft (tail number "15-001") made the first flight on June 19, 2015 at the KAI plant in Sachhona for the Philippines, and the first two aircraft (tail numbers "15-001" and "15-002") arrived at Clark air base on November 28, 2015. The delivery was made in six batches of two aircraft flying to the Philippines on their own.
The receipt of these aircraft marked the rebirth of the fighter aircraft of the Philippine Air Force, which ceased to exist in 2005 after the cancellation of the last two Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter fighter jets. In the Philippine Air Force, the FA-50PH aircraft (which received the pretentious name Fighting Eagle) made up the equipment of the 7th tactical fighter squadron of the restored 5th fighter group.
However, the FA-50PH aircraft were purchased by the Philippines without any weapons, making it difficult to use them for combat missions. Only in 2016, funds were allocated for the purchase of 20 mm projectiles for built-in triple-barreled 20-mm aircraft guns of General Dynamics A50 installed on FA-50PH aircraft. The Philippine Air Force tried to use the old American short-range guided missiles AIM-9B Sidewinder produced in the 1960s, preserved from the F-5A fighter jets, as guided weapons for equipping FA-50PH aircraft. However, it is unclearwhether it came to actually equipping them with new aircraft.
The Ministry of National Defense of the Philippines is planning to purchase modern short-range and even medium-range air-to-air missiles for FA-50PH aircraft, considering this as one of its priority purchasing projects to be implemented in the period up to 2018. However, the feasibility of purchasing new guided missiles depends on funding. In addition, on May 30, 2017, the Minister of National Defense of the Philippines Delfin Lorenzana stated that he was considering the possibility of purchasing Russian-made high-precision air-to-surface guided weapons to equip FA-50PH aircraft.
Meanwhile, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking on June 2 in front of the servicemen of the 102nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, announced its intention to acquire 12 new combat aircraft for the Air Force of the country. Filipino commentators do not exclude that we are talking about the possibility of ordering the second batch of aircraft FA-50PH.

Related news

Philippines completed receiving FA-50PH aircraft image, picture
Philippines completed receiving FA-50PH aircraft 36


Philippines completed receiving FA-50PH aircraft 30


Philippines completed receiving FA-50PH aircraft 34


Philippines completed receiving FA-50PH aircraft 91