Philippines gets new fighter jets amid South China Sea feud

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FA-50 jetThe Philippines received the delivery of two fighter jets — the country’s first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade — as it strengthens its poorly equipped army amid an escalating territorial feud with China.

The South Korea-made FA-50 jets touched down at Clark Freeport, a former US Air Force base north of Manila, where fire trucks sprayed water as a traditional welcome salute for the still-unarmed aircraft, which are primarily trainer jets that the military converted to also serve as multi-role combat aircraft,

Altogether, the Philippines bought 12 FA-50s from Korea Aerospace Industries at a cost of $402 million. The rest of the jets would be delivered in batches until 2017. Weapons that include bombs and rockets for the FA-50s will be purchased later, the army said. So far, three Filipinos have been trained in South Korea to fly the planes.

The Philippine military decommissioned its last fleet of supersonic combat aircraft, the F-5, in 2005. A military modernisation programme that included plans for the purchase of at least a squadron of fighter jets and naval frigates didn’t happen for several years largely because of a lack of funds. Over the years, the Philippines military has deteriorated to become one of most poorly equipped in Southeast Asia.

Under President Benigno Aquino III, however, territorial spats with China over islands in the South China Sea escalated, prompting the Philippine army military to acquire new navy ships and air force planes with the help of its long-time defense treaty ally, the US.

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The Philippines received the delivery of two fighter jets — the country’s first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade — as it strengthens its poorly equipped army amid an escalating territorial feud with China.

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FA-50 jetThe Philippines received the delivery of two fighter jets — the country’s first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade — as it strengthens its poorly equipped army amid an escalating territorial feud with China.

The South Korea-made FA-50 jets touched down at Clark Freeport, a former US Air Force base north of Manila, where fire trucks sprayed water as a traditional welcome salute for the still-unarmed aircraft, which are primarily trainer jets that the military converted to also serve as multi-role combat aircraft,

Altogether, the Philippines bought 12 FA-50s from Korea Aerospace Industries at a cost of $402 million. The rest of the jets would be delivered in batches until 2017. Weapons that include bombs and rockets for the FA-50s will be purchased later, the army said. So far, three Filipinos have been trained in South Korea to fly the planes.

The Philippine military decommissioned its last fleet of supersonic combat aircraft, the F-5, in 2005. A military modernisation programme that included plans for the purchase of at least a squadron of fighter jets and naval frigates didn’t happen for several years largely because of a lack of funds. Over the years, the Philippines military has deteriorated to become one of most poorly equipped in Southeast Asia.

Under President Benigno Aquino III, however, territorial spats with China over islands in the South China Sea escalated, prompting the Philippine army military to acquire new navy ships and air force planes with the help of its long-time defense treaty ally, the US.

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