Philippine Air Force to get 12 new jet fighters | Inquirer News

Philippine Air Force to get 12 new jet fighters

/ 03:15 PM November 24, 2015

The Philippine Air Force will have supersonic capabilities as its first two jet fighters ordered from South Korea will arrive at Clark Air Base in Pampanga on Friday.

“This is historic because this is the first time we will have jet fighters since we decommissioned our jets in 2005. It will be the first time we will have a supersonic capability,” said Air Force spokesperson Col. Enrico Canaya on Tuesday.


The Philippines has acquired 12 FA-50 Golden Eagle jet fighters from Korean Aerospace Inc. under the military’s modernization program, and is the biggest military upgrade so far. The jets cost P18.9 billion.

The rest of the fighter jets are scheduled to be delivered in two years.


In 2005, the Air Force retired its Northrop F-5s.

Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado will lead the welcome ceremonies and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin was also invited.

The two-seater fighter jets will be piloted by Korean pilots. An official turnover will be held later on, said Canaya.

The fighter jets would still have to undergo technical inspection and acceptance flights before it would be turned over to the Air Force.

The Air Force sent three of its pilots to South Korea early this year to undergo training in operating the fighter jets. CDG


New fighter jets ‘the real thing’ for PAF pilots


PH acquires P23.7B-worth of fighter jets, helicopters

Buying F-16 fighter jets a mistake, says Duterte

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Clark Air Base, FA-50 Golden Eagle jet fighters, jet fighters, Modernization, Northrop F-5, Philippine Air Force, supersonic
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2021 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.