The Philippines is looking to acquire one of four multirole fighter types to enhance the air defence and border protection capabilities of the country's air force.
Speaking on 14 November, a senior Philippine Air Force (PAF) official presented a briefing slide showing the Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, Sukhoi Su-30 'Flanker, and Saab Gripen as the options being considered to augment the service's current fleet of Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50PH Fighting Eagle light-strike fighters.
Commenting under the Chatham House Rule, the official noted that a memorandum of acquisition has already been processed for approval at the Department of National Defense (DND)-level, and that government funding to launch the project is expected in either the first or second quarter of 2020.
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