PAF to defend choices of multi-role fighter aircraft

PAF to defend choices of multi-role fighter aircraft

The Philippines’ Philippine Air Force (PAF) is in the threshold of moving back in the supersonic age.
Forget that the South Korean made FA-50PH is 1.2 Mach capable, it is still considered a trainer aircraft that happens to be capable of doubling as the main jet fighter of the country.

The country’s Air Force has been waiting for the longest time to have its own Multi-Role Fighter (MRF) to fulfill their mandate in securing the airspace of the country.
Saab JAS 39 Gripen of Sweden (above) and F-16 viper of the United States (below)
(photo credit to owner)

This coming December the PAF will be presenting to its military leaders their choices for the multi-role fighter (MRF).
PAF commander, Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez during a forum in Villamor Air Base, said he will meet with ranking PAF generals to discuss the MRFs before presenting it to these senior officials.
"It (MRF selection and acquisition) will be the biggest decision that will be made by the PAF because our performance to defend the airspace (depends on this acquisition)," he said in Filipino.

The acquisition of MRFs is part of Horizon Two of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program which is slated for 2018 to 2023 and aims to acquire more equipment for external defense.
The would be Philippine MRFs must be able to integrate with existing radar systems that have a range of around 250 nautical miles.
Once acquired with the help of our radars, can be deployed to determine whether or not an aircraft flying in the Philippine airspace is friendly or hostile.

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Report from PNA

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