THE Philippine Air Force has started acquisition of spares for its two newly-acquired FA-50 fighter jets so that they can immediately be repaired when troubleshooting is needed, according to Col. Enrico Canaya, Air Force spokesman.
Among others, the spares, Canaya said, include electrical parts, hydraulics and avionics.
These spares, he explained, are needed even though there were already Integrated Logistics Systems included in the package when the fighter jets were delivered.
“So just to make sure later on if needed we have available spares although there were already spares that arrived. So expect that every now and then annually we have to program and procure spares so we’re doing it in a public bidding to comply with RA [Republic Act] 9184 or the government procurement act,” Canaya said.
He added that the two FA-50s are performing well and their pilots are gaining proficiency as they fly on regular basis.
The fighter jets were used in several fly-bys during the annual International Balloon Festival held recently in Clark Air Field in Angeles City, Pampanga.
The delivery of the first batch of FA-50 fighter jets is part of the Air Force modernization program.
The remaining 10 fighter jets will be delivered in batches up to 2017, according to Canaya.