Philippine Air Force FA-50PHs Fighting Eagle Now Armed with Air-to-Ground Missiles

8:43:00 PM
MANILA, -- The Philippine Air Force’s FA-50PHs Fighting Eagle displayed during its 70th founding anniversary celebration in Clark Air Base on July 4 were armed with inert AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground tactical missile (AGM) designed for close air support.

This was evidenced by FA-50PHs aircraft presented during the 70th anniversary celebration of Air Force held today in Clark Air Base. The said aircraft were also armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missile and unguided Mark 82 low-drag general-purpose bomb.

Earlier today, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed that a Philippine C-130 military transport aircraft flew to Arizona, United States to pick up munitions for PAF aircraft. The said C-130 left the country June 23 and was back July 1.


The Philippine Air Force FA-50PH 'Fighting Eagle' Fighter / Surface Attack / Lead-in Fighter Trainers (F / SA / LIFT) with tail numbers PH007 and PH002 from the 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the Air Defense Wing armed with an AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missile, M117 unguided, general-purpose bomb that can also be configured with a low-drag tail fin for medium and high-altitude deliveries that has a nominal weight of 750 pounds (340 kg), and an inert/captive version of an AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground tactical missile (AGM) designed for close air support.


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