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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Philippines may use Korean-built attacker in S China Sea

FA-50 Golden EagleShould a conflict eventually break out between the country and China over the disputed China Sea, the Philippines is very likely to deploy its 12 FA-50PHs against the People's Liberation Army Navy, reports the Sina Military Network based in Beijing.

The Philippine Air Force had completed the maiden flight of its first FA-50PH on June 19. Originally, the FA-50PH was developed as a trainer known as the T-50 by Seoul-based Korea Aerospace Industries.

It was modified into an attacker for the Philippine Air Force with the capabilities to carry up to 4.5 tons of weapons as well as a wide-ranging armament system. Equipped with AGM-65 air-to-surface missiles, cluster bombs and rocket launchers, the aircraft is designed primarily for close air support operations.

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