• AFP to get 2 new fighter jets for P19B

    5
    Members of a Philippine Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, Land) team , with their newly-issued firearms, look at an AW109 Power multi-purpose helicopter on board BRP Gregorio del Pilar at Manila’s South Harbor on Wednesday.  The weapons and the chopper showcase the Navy’s modernization program. PHOTO BY RENE DILAN

    Members of a Philippine Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, Land) team , with their newly-issued firearms, look at an AW109 Power multi-purpose helicopter on board BRP Gregorio del Pilar at Manila’s South Harbor on Wednesday. The weapons and the chopper showcase the Navy’s modernization program. PHOTO BY RENE DILAN

    THE Philippine Air Force (PAF) is drawing closer to its quest of going back to fighter jet operations with the expected initial delivery anytime this month or early next year of two of the 12 FA-50 lead-in fighter jets from South Korea.

    The Department of National Defense (DND) sealed the jet acquisition contract last March at a cost of P18.9 billion.|

    It originally planned to procure a squadron or 24 jets but reduce it to 12 because of funding problem.

    The Philippines was the first Southeast Asian country to have supersonic fighter jets when it acquired 23 brand-new F-5 jets in 1965 from the US under a bilateral assistance pact.
    The FA-50s would replace the F-5 jet fighters, which were retired in 2004.

    Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol, Director for Operations, Air Defense Wing, on Wednesday said the initial delivery of the two fighter jets is scheduled between December 15 and January 16, adding that the mode of delivery is being ironed out with the supplier, Korean Aerospace Industry (KAI).

    Okol said the P18.9-billion bill for the two jets did not include cost of armaments and weapons worth at least P5 billion and the basing cost of the jets.

    According to Okol, the jets would either be flown to the Philippines or reassembled here.

    At KAI’s expense, he said, three veteran Air Force pilots and 34 maintenance personnel would also be sent to South Korea for six to seven-month training.

    Okol added that the maintenance team, composed of two officers and 32 enlisted personnel, would be trained on the various systems of the plane, including electrical, hydraulics, radar, avionics and armaments, while the three pilots would undergo basic flying training with the Korean Air Force.

    All three pilots, all with the rank of major, were chosen based on their flying experience.
    According to Okol, another batch of pilots, holding the ranks of captain and lieutenant, would be sent to South Korea after four months to undergo a three-month simulation training at the KAI facility.

    He explained that the FA-50 lead-in fighter jets were not yet the real thing but said their acquisition was a positive step toward realizing the PAF’s goal of being able to attain multi-role fighter jets in the future.

    He said the two-seater FA-50 planes would serve as fighters jet and lead-in fighter trainers to help build up a pool of well-trained pilots in preparation for acquisition of a more modern single-seater fighter jets.

    Share.
    loading...
    Loading...

    Please follow our commenting guidelines.

    5 Comments

    1. standard operating procedures. F/A-18s will be very expensive trainer jets. FA50 is one of the trainer jets available to provide efficient training in combat scenarios with reduced training cost compared to moving straight to operational conversion eg F16.

    2. extremely costly. 19B pesos is equivalent of USD 500 million dollars. something wrong again with this government..What is our government thinking of Filipino people, stupid, idiot. we dont know the price of military armaments. I remember when Russia offer to us their MIG 29 which is equivalent of F16 jet fighters from the U.S.. russia offered us their MIG29 for USD 29 Million each. They showed to us the performance of this jet fighter which is one of the best fighter of russian warplanes. What is the quality of these Korean Warplanes …Filipino technology will be better than Koreans if this Stupid, Thief government is to have our own military hardware with filipino engineers and scientist.. Palibhasa ang Presidente natin ay bulok ang utak…

    3. 19 billion pesos for two fighter jets, that’s over $200 million ($ which is US dollars) each jet and it’s Korean for crying out loud. I just hope that they haven’t purchased them yet. What are these folks thinking?
      If you Google San Jose Mercury News, you will find this statement; “Depending on the variation of F/A-18, costs can range from about $52 million to $61 million. So the planes are relatively cheap when compared with newer fighter jets such as the F-35, which costs about $130 million.” We’re talking F-18 and F-35.
      Someone is going to benefit substantially other than the Koreans.

    4. Roldan Guerrero on

      SOUTH kOREA itself is using US made jet fighters, this is an indication that they could not still manufacture reliable combat planes. FA50 IS AN UNTESTED AIRCRAFT for its efficiency…yet the Philippines opted for these planes. WHY? US war plane manufacturers do not give SOP ( SOP is Standard Operating System) but in the Philippines it is the term for KICKBACKS. Of course South Korea is willing to give KICKBACKS that is why AFP opted for a much cheaper aircraft where KICKBACKS are available. Korean made goods are still considered inferior and substandard and do not pass international standards. This is again an unprecidented waste of government funds.