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Thursday, June 25, 2015

PAF fighter jet makes maiden test flight

FA-50PH first flightRacing against time to rebuild the country’s air defense capabilities, the first lead-in supersonic fighter trainer jet acquired by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) made its first successful maiden test flight in South Korea last week.

Delivery of a pair of brand-new FA-50 fighter jets by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI), a South Korean-defense supplier that bagged the country’s defense contract for a squadron of this type of fighter aircraft, is scheduled in the last quarter of this year or early next year.

The test flight of the newly manufactured FA-50 fighter aircraft was conducted on June 19 by KAI as a team of Filipino pilots is also in South Korea undergoing flight transition training in handling the jet.

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