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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pending Acquisition of 12 FA-50 Fighter jets from Korea –Rethink after series of crashed killing pilots

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A model of the FA50 jet fighter of South Korea is seen in the 2012 Air Power symposium.

Philippines still keen on South Korean fighter jets but held while waiting for the result of investigations for the cause of the 2 incidents.

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is closely following developments in the crash investigation of the T-50B lead-in jet fighter that killed two pilots recently, in light of earlier plans to work out with the same manufacturer the purchase of a dozen FA50 jet fighters with the same platform.

The aircraft is billed in one article that reported the crash as "South Korea's first indigenous supersonic aircraft jointly developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Lockheed Martin."

The government is pushing through with its plan to acquire 12 FA-50 fighter jets pending a probe on a recent crash involving a similar aircraft, which killed two South Korean pilots, the defense department said.

"(The process of) acquisition is still continuing. Until we get the outcome of that particular investigation (on the crash), the process is continuing at the moment," Peter Galvez, spokesman for the defense department, told reporters yesterday.

When asked if the mishap could jeopardize the plan to acquire the jets from South Korea, Galvez said: "I believe all factors will be considered."

A representative from KAI met some officials of the Department of National Defense last Friday, sources said.

Meanwhile, PAF spokesman Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol said the command had learned that the Air Force of the Republic of Korea (ROK) was also doing a parallel probe.

KAI is reportedly attributing the crash to "pilot error".

Okol said the latest crash "is still under investigation of the ROKAF (Republic of Korea Air Force)."

On PAF's plan to acquire the FA50, Okol said this is among the issues to be "taken up with the manufacturer" and that officials will make sure "that all issues [are] resolved should we proceed with the planned acquisition."

Indonesia reportedly ordered 16 T-50s in 2011; and that Seoul is also pursuing a contract from Iraq.

Meanwhile, the DND has not indicated if President Benigno Aquino III will approve the contract to acquire the FA50, for which 18.9 billion is being set aside for 12 units.

The money will be sourced from the 75 billion approved by President Aquino for the upgrade of the Armed Forces' capability for territorial defense.

Certain defense and military experts had earlier doubted if the FA50 is the best option for PAF in terms of territorial defense.

It will be recalled that in his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July, Mr. Aquino criticized the decision of military officials to acquire, for 2.8-billion, eight brand-new Sokol combat utility helicopters from Poland's PZL Swidnik. Such aircraft, said Mr. Aquino, are not really fitted as combat helicopters.

The government plans to acquire 12 FA-50 jets for 18.9 Billion from South Korea to boost the Air Force's territorial defense capabilities. The government is expected to start talks with supplier Korea Aerospace Industries soon.

Concerns on the viability of the FA-50 have been raised after a similar jet trainer crashed near Gwangju, South Korea on Aug. 28. It was the second crash involving a T-50 jet in less than a year. In November 2012, a T-50 crashed "into a mountain…killing a pilot,"

The FA-50, the model of the jets that the Philippines is planning to acquire, is a variant of the T-50.

The defense department's Bids and Awards Committee had approved the terms of reference for the acquisition of the jets. If everything goes as planned, at least 2 would be delivered before the end of the year and the full delivery of the remaining jets would be completed before the Aquino administration steps down in 2016.

With report from Interaksyon and ABS-CBN News 

11 Responses so far

  1. Anonymous says:

    = 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July, Mr. Aquino criticized the decision of military officials to acquire, for ₱2.8-billion, eight brand-new Sokol combat utility helicopters from Poland's PZL Swidnik. Such aircraft, said Mr. Aquino, are not really fitted as combat helicopters.

    = Bakit inapprove nya ang budget para sa mga Sokol na yan kung ayaw nya eh nasa kanyang mga kamay ang approval ng budget kung okay ba o hindi.

    = Sino ba ang defense adviser and consultant na nag recommend sa mga sokol na yan?

    = Bakit ba? Sinong magagaling sa mga Military officials na yan na pinili ang Sokol na yan kung wala man palang capacity ito as combat helis

    = Ang lalabo nyo... may pera kayo e di pumili na agad kayoa no gusto nyo bilhin na pwedeng magagamit natin sa panahon ng emergency..

    = Baka e bato nyo na naman kay Ramos, bakit si Ramos may boses pa rin ba hanggang nagyon, Si Ramos lang naman ang polpol eh at mga alipores nya na nasa tungkulin parin na puro palamunin.

    = Di ba may offer ang france at Italy na napaka gandang mga Warefare armaments .. bakit hindi nyo pinili yon..

    = Eto mas mabuti ng maaga na alam natin na hindi pala safe ang trainer jet na eto..

    = Anong ipapalit dito?

    = Step number 1 na naman ba?

    = Ang Budget ng Pork barrel for 2014 lahat na yan ay dapat gamitin para sa Arm modernization.. hayaan nyo ang mga senador at congressmen na yan malugi sa gastos nila sa companya last year.. problema nila yan.. hoy!! hindi kami nagbabayad ng buwis para nakawin nyo.. Kung nanakawin nyo hindi na rin kami magbabayad ng Buwis.. para patas.. magutom kayo..

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ayukong mag basa ng good news sa Philippines ngayon kasi walang good news hanggang hindi na abolish ang pork barrel

  3. Anonymous says:

    Only in the Philippines

  4. Anonymous says:

    sa term pa ni pandak inapprove yang sokol na yan. bakit di na lang bumili ng saab jas gripen ng subok na matibay pa tapos konti lang deperensya sa presyo. ang kunat nyo sa defense pero ang swapang nyo sa pork barrel. mga tonto.

  5. Anonymous says:

    manganganib ang ating Airforce nito...... Noon pa man wala akong tiwala sa quality ng brand na to

  6. Anonymous says:

    Kelan ba angsimula ang pork barrel diba panahon ni Cory?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Bakit mag rethink pa alam na ganyan magrethink pa kundi mga hayupak nga talagang mga yan ,

    maraming bansa ang pwedeng bilhan agad e bakit magisip pa kung may pera punta sa Italy, sa sweden o di kaya sa Israel. napakagunggung talang mga yan. kaya hindi mag asenso dahil sa attitude na walang sense of creativity.

    e alam nang hindi pwede pala bakit igigiit pa?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Can we not start making our own products please!!!!!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Gripen JAS 39 will cost USD 60 Miilion each. What we currently need are trainer jets for our pilots, USD 60 Million against USD 30 Million,meaning pilots can use twice of flying hours for FA 50 plus maintenance cost will be less since jet fuel consumption will be less.The FA 50 has dual use as trainer jets and fighter jets.

  10. Pepot says:

    If I am the Air Force commanding general, I would prefer the Gripen JAS 39. Recent news of the accident involving the SK TA-50 is very serious. We will be losing our pilots to accidents rather than real dogfights which happen also to India's MIG 29 which Indian Pilots dubbed the fighter plane as "Widow Maker!"

  11. Anonymous says:

    How could be buy, We dont have budget to defend the country. So far our budget available is just for the Senators and Congressmen who protect each other by keeping their mouth shutup as they steal the people's fund.

    Wala tayong budget para bumili ng mga fighterjets pero may bilyones tayo na budget para ipanakaw sa mga nasa Senado at kongreso... isang putang inang bayan ito kung ako ang nasa suldalo ngayon mag take over ako sa gobyerno para panagutin ngayon din ang lahat nga magnanakaw na yan....kaya mga may mutiny dati sa pangunguna ni trillnes eh kasi noon pa man alam na nila na may ganyan pero ang ginawa ni trillanes nakisakay na rin.. hayop!!! bayaran din at walang dignidad.. full constitutional reform is needed here.

    Sana ang mga Lumad ay gagawa ng super government to supervise this migrant government na pinamumunuan ng mga foreigner mga china and spain origin

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