Armed Forces of the Philippines is looking forward to 2022 when Philippine Air Force is well equiped to intercept and deter unfriendly aircraft to enter Philippine Airspace Defense Identification Zone (PADIZ).
“That’s the goal for the entire PADIZ by 2022, once all requirements are in place,” said PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Enrico Canaya, state media reports.
Philippine Air Force is set to receive twelve FA-50 which “will act as the country’s interim fighter until the Philippines get enough experience of operating fast jet assets and money to fund the acquisition of more capable fighter aircraft.”
First two FA-50 “Fighting Eagle” from South Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) will be delivered September 2015. Completion of delivery is expected until 2017.
Moreover, the government is acquiring three new air defense radar systems from Israel which will be installed in Palawan, Lubang in Mindoro, and Pasuquin in Ilocos Norte.
Department of National Defense is accepting the fact that over the years the country almost lost all air defense equipment.