The Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the delivery of first two FA-50 “Fighting Eagle” from South Korea’s Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) will be delivered September 2015.
According to DND head, after this project the country may proceed to the acquisition of modern jet fighters which are more capable.
FA-50 can load up to 4.5 tons of weapons and has a wide-range of armament system. It has a 20 mm three-barrel gun that can fire at extremely high rate internally installed.
It can be fitted with AIM-9 Sidewinder, a short-range air-to-air missile; AGM-65, an air-to-surface missile designed for close-air support missions; cluster bombs and rocket launchers.
The Fighting Eagle is equipped with Multimode Airborne Fire Control Radar system designed to accomplish air-to-air and airstrike missions.
The aircraft has a maximum speed of Mach 1.5. It has a length of 13.14m, 9.45m width and 4.82m height. It has a dry weight of 6.5 tons and can take-off with total weight of 12 tons.