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November 27, 2015

Philippines receives first two FA-50 fighter jets from South Korea

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received the first two FA-50 Golden Eagle fighter jets from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

By Prasanth Katam

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The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received the first two FA-50 Golden Eagle fighter jets from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

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The aircraft are part of the 12 FA-50s that South Korea’s KAI will deliver under a Php18.9bn ($400m) government-to-government contract signed in 2013.

The fighter jets will enhance the air force’s capabilities in patrolling the country’s airspace, especially in the disputed waters of the West Philippine Sea.

The Philippines has been an opponent to China’s increasing presence in the South China Sea.

Earlier this week, the US increased its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79m, to support the country in its claims over the disputed waters.

A light combat derivative of the T-50 supersonic advanced jet trainer, the FA-50 is capable of carrying up to 4.5t of weapons including air-to-air/air-to-surface missiles, machine guns, precision guided bombers such as the Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), and the CBUs.

"The fighter jet is equipped with night vision imaging system and provides improved self-protection with the radar warning receiver and the counter measure dispenser system."

The fighter jet is equipped with night vision imaging system and provides improved self-protection with the radar warning receiver and the counter measure dispenser system.

The two aircraft will be delivered at Clark Air Base, formerly used by the US.

PAF spokesperson Colonel Enrico Canaya was quoted by the local media as saying that the two fighter jets will be piloted by Korean airmen, while three PAF pilots are undergoing training in Korea.

The jets will undergo a technical inspection, including an acceptance flight, before being integrated into the air force.


Image: A FA-50 aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries.

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South Korea’s defense budget is currently valued at $48.3 billion after experiencing impressive and robust annual growth of 10.5% in 2022. Over the forecast period, South Korean defense expenditure is anticipated to register a strong CAGR of 6.3% over 2023-27 and reach $66.2 billion by 2027. The country’s acquisition budget, which includes research and development (R&D) funding, is also anticipated to register significant growth, projected to reach $21.6 billion in 2027, seeing significant rise from the anticipated $17 billion in 2023. South Korean defense spending is continuing to be fueled by the country’s hostile relationship with North Korea, coupled with the need to develop its own domestic industry. If you want to strategize successfully off this growing market, it is important to be fully informed. This report’s key findings include:
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  • Drivers of defense spending
  • Key trends impacting the market
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