Bad weather delays delivery of two jets

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Bad weather has caused postponement of the scheduled delivery on Friday of two FA-50 fighter jets from South Korea, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) spokesman said on Thursday.

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The aircraft were supposed to arrive at 10 a.m., Friday, at Air Force City in Clark Air Base, Pampanga, according to Col. Enrico Canaya.

The delivery was rescheduled tentatively for Saturday.

The delivery of the first batch of FA-50 fighter jets is part of the Air Force modernization program, Canaya said.

He added that the remaining 10 fighter jets will be delivered in batches between now and 2017.

The Department of National Defense sealed the jet acquisition contract with Korea Aerospace Industries last year at a cost of P18.9 billion.

It originally planned to procure a squadron or 24 jets but reduced 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.

In an interview over dzRH also on Thursday, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the two aircraft may be stationed in Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Subic Bay in Zambales or Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.

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  1. Richard Walker on

    The new airplanes remind me of the American General who told President Roosevelt in December 1941 that the PI had no problem protecting itself from Japanese Air attacks after the Pearl Harbor Bombings. Somehow having PBY’s taking on Zeros to protect the country after all the other planes were destroyed on the ground is similar to sending trainers against Chinese Modern Fighters in one way missions to fight for Oil reserves in the South China Sea. It appears to be too little too late and it might be upset by an air field that is too near and active volcano that can easily be made useless by another act of nature.