MANILA ($1=58.75 Philippine Pesos) — The Philippine Air Power [PAF] is experiencing issues after having to floor half of its gear. There’s a scarcity of spare components for the FA-50PH mild assault plane. Solely three of those mild fighter jets are operational, and the remaining 9 plane are grounded.

Half Philippine fighters grounded, FA-50PH spare parts issues
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The PAF confirmed that they have been experiencing issues, however they mentioned the scenario was not disturbing. In response to PAF spokesman Consuelo Castillo, a lot of FA-50PH non-flying plane are present process scheduled upkeep. Meaning checking the airplane’s techniques and a few extra floor testing. The PAF says their planes will likely be within the air quickly.

Castillo confirmed the Philippine sources’ details about the spare components. He assured, that the spare components have been ordered, however didn’t point out when the supply would happen. PAF’s grounded FA-50PHs that these plane have reached specified service hours. With out changing the out of date components with new ones, they can’t be returned to the air for security causes.

FA-50PH prospects may even be affected

The purchasers of FA-50PH may even be affected as a result of spare components disaster. FA-50PH operators embrace Indonesia, Iraq, South Korea, Thailand, and Colombia. The one European nation that may use this plane in Poland, however the order was signed just a few weeks in the past and the Polish Air Power doesn’t even have the FA-50PH.

The FA-50PH spare components disaster might develop into larger than anticipated. A sign for such a improvement is exactly the issue of the Philippine Air Power. I.e. The Philippines can not but obtain the spare components deliberate forward of time, regardless of the nation’s geographic location (relating to logistics and quick supply) and the nice relationship between South Korea and the Philippines.

Philippine Air Power

Moreover the FA-50PH, the Philippine Air Power consists of seven OV-10 Bronco models [USA] and 6 EMB 314 / A-29 Tremendous Tucano models [Brazil]. I.e. The PAF’s 12 FA-50PHs are the primary air protection fight platform.

The FA-50PH has its fight historical past within the Philippine Air Power. This plane has repeatedly participated in coaching operations and missions. It’s usually used for shut air help in opposition to terrorist operations within the area.

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Manila is clearly pleased with using the FA-50PH. A sign for such a declare is that in current months the Philippine Air Power has introduced its intentions to purchase extra models. In response to Philippine and South Korean sources, the brand new order could also be for upgraded FA-50PHs. I.e. FA-50PH not solely to hold out shut air fight but in addition to be outfitted with air-to-air missiles past visible vary [BVR].

About FA-50

The FA-50PH was developed on the T-50 Golden Eagle coach. Its manufacturing started in 2001. So far, simply over 200 models of this plane have been produced. As unusual because it sounds, the FA-50PH is the world’s best-selling fight plane and one of many best-selling mild assault plane on this planet.

South Korea is believed to have 60 models of this plane. It’s being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries [KAI] and Lockheed Martin. Relying on the client, a particular model is developed.

The plane is powered by one Normal Electrical F404 afterburning turbofan engine [built under license by Samsung Techwin], 53.07 kN [11,930 lbf] thrust dry, 78.7 kN [17,700 lbf] with afterburner. The utmost flight velocity is Mach 1.5. Its thrust/weight is 0.96.

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Armament for shut air fight is one 20 mm [0.787 in] Normal Dynamics A-50 3-barrel rotary cannon, 205 rounds. Usually the air-to-air missile within the plane’s armament is the AIM-120 AMRAAM. The air-to-ground missile is a Naval Strike Missile, however the producer plans for the subsequent plane to be armed with the German-made KEPD 350K-2. The airplane was additionally loaded with a number of bombs.

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