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Philippines considers more FA-50s, but no fighter decision made yet

16th June 2022 - 01:15 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Philippine Air Force operates 12 FA-50PH light fighters obtained from KAI. (PAF)

Finances are a constant thorn in the side of the Philippine military, but it still dreams of more FA-50s and new multirole fighters.

In a media interview on 13 June, Lt Gen Connor Anthony Canlas Sr, the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF) Commanding General, voiced the possibility of obtaining more examples of the FA-50 aircraft from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

‘Yes, it is an option. The FA-50 is a good lead-in trainer fighter aircraft. It can be considered almost as a multirole aircraft as it can do air-to-ground missions or air-to-air. It provides a good training opportunity for the pilots to step up to higher-performance aircraft,’ the commander said.

Under the PAF’s long-term modernisation programme, it expressed a desire to have 24 lead-in fighter

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