Two FA-50 fighter jets will soon be delivered to Philippines as its government attempts to strengthen its defenses primarily the Air Force.
Philippine's President Benigno Aquino III recently announced that its government tries to strengthen its military aspect while they purchase necessary hardware. The president announced on Tuesday that the two of the 12 FA-50 fighter jets will be delivered to the country from its manufacturer in South Korea. The purchase of the said military aid comes amidst the heated territorial issues against China in the South China Sea.
Next year is the expected time for the new aircraft to arrive while the rest of it will follow three years after. Reports say that the country's Department of Budget and Management has allotted a special budget for the purchase of the said jets. A $420 million contract was reportedly closed with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) as the supplier of the aircraft. The government which is actually trying to strengthen its defenses has announced that they are targeting to acquire combat utility helicopters, range patrol aircraft and radar system for the Philippine Air Force next year.
The FA-50 fighter jet has features such as EL/M-2032 pulse-doppler radar, advanced avionics, a longer radome, a greater internal fuel capacity and a tactical data link, air force technology says. The said aircraft will not just be used for combat purposes, but to also respond in times of calamities. Aside from that, it will also be used for training and survey operations.
With the purchase of the said kind of aircraft, it is assumed that Philippine's Air Force will be able to carry out their missions in a modernized way. The Philippine president even stated that with the acquisition of FA-50 fighter jets, the country will now be able to guard and defend their territory in a more effective manner.