The country has recently stepped up its arms purchases after an ongoing territorial dispute with the People's Republic of China, such as the recent purchase of 3 AW109 helicopters. The country currently has no fighter aircraft available after the retirement of the Northrop Grumman F-5 in 2005.
The FA-50 was developed by Korean Aerospace Industries and Lockheed Martin and is currently the most advanced fighter version of the T-50 family of aircraft, which consists of:
- the T-50 Golden Eagle trainer version
- the TA-50 light attack version
- the FA-50 light multi-role fighter version
If the FA-50 acquisition goes through, the Philippines would join South Korea, which has already ordered 20 FA-50 aircraft to be delivered before the end of 2014.
|Empty Weight:||6354 kg|
|Max Takeoff Weight:||13500 kg|
|Max Speed:||Mach 1.5|
|Engine:||General Electric F404 turbofan, 78.8 kn / 8045 kg in afterburner|