Philippine FA-50 PH Jets Undergoing Mandatory Precautionary Maintenance

A Philippine Air Force FA-50 PH throughout the US-Philippine Exercise Balikatan previously this year. (Photo: Philippine Air Force)

Only 3 out of twelve airplane may be presently functional after hold-ups in the supply chain of extra parts.

The Philippine Air Force validated that a few of its FA-50 PH jets are presently non-operational and are going through set up obligatory upkeep. The declaration showed up after reports discussed that just 3 out of twelve airplane may be functional due to the fact that of hold-ups in the supply chain of extra parts which are impacting all the users of the Korean-made airplane.

” While it holds true that we have FA-50 airplane that are presently on non-operational status, the majority of them are simply continuous set up upkeep which are necessary preventive checks and they will be back in the air quickly,” stated Air Force representative, Col. Ma Consuelo Castillo, in a message launched to the Philippine News Agency.

Although the declaration did not deal with the variety of jets impacted by the problem, it did validate the hold-ups of the supply chain. “Some are likewise waiting for spares which are originating from abroad. These parts are primarily what we call Time Change Items (TCI) and they require to be changed after specific hours of usage to guarantee security of flight operations,” stated Col. Castillo.

According to the representative, the supply chain was decreased since of the current international occasions. Col. Castillo continued by stating that the jets will go back to the air as quickly as the required parts are provided which, in the on the other hand, the PAF is still able to perform its designated objectives effectively even with a restricted variety of airplane.

The Philippines obtained twelve FA-50 PH, which were provided from 2015 to 2017, and is presently taking a look at broadening the fleet. The Korean jets, thought about the PAF’s premier air fight airplane, ended up being the very first supersonic jet to be fielded by the nation after the retirement of the F-5 in2005 The FA-50, which is a light fighter variation of the KAI T-50 fitness instructor, has a leading speed of Mach 1.5 and can be equipped with AIM-9 air-to-air rockets and different air-to-ground munitions, in addition to an internal 20 mm cannon, to carry out air defense, attack, and other assistance objectives.

The hold-ups in the supply chain may impact likewise the other users of the airplane, which presently consist of Indonesia, Iraq, South Korea, Thailand, and Colombia. It is not understood how this will impact the shipment of the FA-50 s bought couple of weeks earlier by Poland, which will end up being the very first European user of the airplane. As we reported, the Polish MoD is obtaining 48 jets to change the post-Soviet fleet of MiG-29 s and Su-22 s run by Poland. The offer consisted of K2 primary fight tanks and K9 self-propelled gun-howitzers, likewise made in South Korea.


Stefano D’Urso is a self-employed reporter and factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A graduate in Industral Engineering he’s likewise studying to accomplish a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Electronic Warfare, Loitering Munitions and OSINT methods used to the world of military operations and existing disputes are amongst his locations of knowledge.

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