07 April 2014
After F/A-50 contract has signed, DND announced that it will be acquiring a multi-role fighter by 2018. (photo : military wallpaper)
PHL to get MRF by 2018
MANILA, (PNA) — With the country now on its way to acquire its first-ever supersonic jet aircraft in 34 years, the Department of National Defense (DND) announced that it will be acquiring a "multi-role fighter" (MRF) by 2018.
This was revealed by DND undersecretary for finance, modernization, installations, and munitions Fernando Manalo
2018 is the second phase of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.
During this period, the defense and military establishment will determine whether to acquire additional units of the South Korean F/A-50 "Fighting Eagle" or go full stream with the acquisition of the MRFs to enhance the country's external defense capabilities.
Studies are now underway to determine the best MRF designs for the Philippines.
The Philippines and Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd (KAI) signed the P18.9 billion deal for 12 units of the F/A-50 last Friday. Manalo said that the first two F/A-50 jet aircraft will be delivered 18 months after the opening of the letter of credit, the next two will be delivered 12 months later and the remaining eight jet planes to be delivered in staggered basis within eight months.