Friday, 8 June 2018

Philippines seeks additional FA-50 light attack aircraft from South Korea

FA-50PH Fighting Eagle - Philippines internet images

Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

08 June 2018

The Philippines is looking to acquire a further 12 Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50PH Fighting Eagle light combat and trainer aircraft to add to 12 already received, national media reported on 8 June.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was quoted as saying that the country’s President Rodrigo Duterte had personally ordered the follow-on procurement “when he saw how effective [the FA-50PH] was” in combating Islamist militants in Marawi City in 2017.

“We may acquire an additional 12 but it depends on what kind of build up the air force wants,” Lorenzana told the Manila Bulletin publication. KAI had not responded a Jane’s request for confirmation by the time of publication.


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