Philippine Air Force told the state-run news agency that F/A-50 Fighting Eagle has a radar system that can go on autonomous air patrols without relying too much on ground based surveillance system. PAF Lt. Col. Enrico Canaya added that “it has its own onboard radar systems so it can detect (any hostile air threats) while on patrol.”
Department of National Defense earlier said one of the reasons it chose the South Korean made jet is the radar system. Its radar system was also designed to accomplish air-to-air and airstrike missions.
First two, out of twelve F/A-50s ordered, are expected to be delivered and commissioned before this year ends.
In December 2014, President Benigno S. Aquino III met Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) President and Chief Executive Officer Sung Yong-ha and other Republic of Korea (SoKor) Air Force officials and was able to inspect one FA-50 fighter jet.