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Philippines reveal multirole fighter options

14 November 2019
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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.

The Gripen is one of four multirole fighter types being considered for the PAF to enhance its air defence and border protection capabilities. (Czech Ministry of Defence)The Gripen is one of four multirole fighter types being considered for the PAF to enhance its air defence and border protection capabilities. (Czech Ministry of Defence)

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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