Philippines Multi-Role Fighter To Be Decided in December
The Philippines defense department will decide in December on the type of multi-role fighter (MRF) aircraft to be purchased by the air force, its chief says.
Philippines Air Force (PAF) chief Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez said the air force will make a case for the fighter jets shortlisted for the program with the defense department officials who will make the final decision, without the revealing the exact types.
The order for the new fighters is part of a five-year, three-phase modernization program for the Philippines military that started in 2014.
The government has said it will buy the MRF once the air force has enough experience with 12 Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50 light attack jets, the last of which was delivered in May 2017.
The PAF has not had fighters since it retired its fleet of F-5E light fighters in the 1990s.
Rotary wing transport makes up most of PAF’s in-service fleet at the moment.