MANILA - The first two of the 12 FA-50 fighter jets that the government purchased from South Korea have arrived in the Philippines.
The two jets, made by Korea Aerospace Industries, arrived at the Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga on Saturday.
The two aircraft were part of the 12 fighter jets purchased by the Philippine government from South Korea for P18.9 billion.
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The arrival of the fighter jets marks the return of the Philippine Air Force to the supersonic age. The Philippines decommissioned its F-5 fighter jets in its inventory in 2005.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Hernando Iriberri welcomed the arrival of the aircraft.
The fighter jets were also escorted by AS2-11 aircraft during a fly-by for their arrival at Clark Air Base.
The Philippine government purchased the fighter jets amid its simmering dispute with China over the South China Sea.
The turnover to the Philippines of the fighter jets are expected to be completed in 2017. -- With Reuters.