The Multi-Role Jet Fighters Acquisition for PH Air Force On Track- DND Sec. Lorenzana

The Multi-Role Jet Fighters Acquisition for PH Air Force On Track- DND Sec. Lorenzana


The modernization of the Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s continues to soar high.

Department of National Defense (DND) said that the program which is for the acquisition of the multi-role fighter (MRF) aircraft remains on track, a must need aircraft that is needed for defending the country’s airspace.

“We are pushing for the acquisition of multi-role fighter aircraft as it is (a) critical capability for the defense of our country’s territorial airspace from any form of threat and enforcement of the Philippine Air Defense Identification Zone or ADIZ,”DND Secretary Lorenzana said in his speech during the Sanay-Datu Air Defense Exercise held in Basa Air Base, Floridablanca,Pampanga.

(F-16 Viper, photo credit to owner)

He declined to give additional details on the progress of the MRF acquisition program.

The DND is looking to acquire at least 12 MRF units to beef up the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF) air defense capabilities.

Lorenzana noted that MRFs are urgently needed by the PAF considering that the “situation in this part of the world is deteriorating.”

“Having MRFs in the PAF inventory would also allow the Armed Forces of the Philippines to explore the facets of airpower,” he added.

As of press time, the DND has not chosen a MRF for the PAF.

Reports said the American Lockheed Martin F-16V “Viper”, which is considered the latest and most advanced F-16 variant, and the Swedish Saab JAS-39 “Gripen” are among those eyed by the agency.




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