PH Air Force returns to supersonic age

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Posted at Nov 28 2015 02:28 PM | Updated as of Nov 28 2015 06:19 PM

Two FA-50PH aircraft (2nd R and 2nd L) are escorted by AS2-11 aircraft during a fly-by for their arrival at Clark Air Base at Angeles city, Pampanga province, north of Manila November 28, 2015. The FA-50 fighter planes are the first of 12 aircraft to be delivered that the Philippines acquired from South Korea under a commercial deal worth 18 billion pesos ($381 million) to boost Manila's maritime security capability, according to local media. Photo by Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

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.

Filipino Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin 2(L) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Hernando Iriberri wave after inspecting one of the two newly FA-50PH aircraft upon arrival at Clark Air Base at Angeles city, Pampanga province, north of Manila November 28, 2015. The FA-50 fighter planes are the first of 12 aircrafts to be delivered that the Philippines acquired from South Korea under a commercial deal worth 18 billion pesos ($381 million) to boost Manila's maritime security capability, according to local media. Photo by Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

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.