PAF may acquire further FA-50 aircraft

PAF may acquire further FA-50 aircraft
PAF may acquire further FA-50 aircraft

After having 12 FA-50 Fighting Eagle light fighter jets from the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for PHP18.9 billion, the Philippines is considering adding this jet capable of flying up to Mach 1.5.



Chief of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) Lt. Gen. Connor Anthony Canlas Sr. said the FA-50 could carry out multi-role air-to-air and air-to-ground combat missions.
PAF may acquire further FA-50 aircraft
KAI delivered the fleet between November 2015 and May 2017. The Philippines has used the FA-50PH in the conflict over Marawi City for Close Air Support missions, including nighttime attacks with the Rockwell’s OV-10 Bronco attack aircraft and other aircraft. Following the fight, the PAF started speculating that they needed more FA-50 aircraft. 
KAI is currently increasing the range and capability of the FA-50 by increasing the carrying capacity of fuel and weapons.