Philippines to purchase 12 fighter jets from South Korea
The Philippines is to buy 12 FA-50 fighter jets from South Korea, in a deal worth an estimated $309 billion. The fighter jets will be the first operated by the Filipino air force since 2005, when it retired its U.S.-designed F-5 fighters.
“We don’t have any existing jets right now that are in use, therefore it is necessary for us to upgrade. This is part of the ongoing process of modernising our military hardware”, said President Aquino’s spokesman Edwin Lacierda.
The jets will be used for training and disaster response, and will use their aerial cameras for area surveying. Peter Galvez, spokesman for the Department of Defense, said the FA-50 had been chosen for their cost, as well as satisfying all the Philippines’ requirements.
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