“With the successful live firing, we were able to confirm the precision attack capability of the FA-50s, built with our own technologies,” a South Korean Air Force official said as reported by Korea JoongAng Daily.
The FA-50 fired an AGM-65G Meverick, an air-to-surface missile designed for close-air support missions, from 1.2 kilometers above sea level. It successfully hits a retired ship seven kilometers away. The test fire was carried out Wednesday, October 8 in the East Sea.
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.
The Fighting Eagle is equipped with Multimode Airborne Fire Control Radar system designed to accomplish air-to-air and airstrike missions.
Philippine Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin confirmed the delivery of first two FA-50 “Fighting Eagle” from South Korea’s Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) on September 2015. Philippines has ordered twelve units of FA-50.