Philippine President said the high cost of US-made aircraft is considering other options
BEIJING, May 16, according to foreign media reports, the Philippine President Aquino III on the 16th, the Philippines is considering the purchase of other fighters outside of the U.S. manufacturing. This is also the Philippines plans to buy non-US production fighter for the first time.
Aquino said the original plan of the Philippine government intends to purchases of U.S. second-hand F-16 fighters, but taking into account the post-high maintenance costs, so the government is considering other options. Aquino also said that the Government intends to build two air force squadrons, each squadron to invest $ 400 million to 800 million.
However, Aquino did not indicate from which countries to buy fighter.
Philippine Air Force in 1971, the first batch of F-5A and F-5B two-seater fighter, but they have been retired in 2005.
Philippine Defense Secretary Jia Siming said earlier that Polish suppliers in the Philippines 8 Sokol helicopters will be delivered in years four, and two C-130 “Hercules” transport aircraft. At the same time, the Air Force this year is expected to deploy 21 UH-1H helicopters.
In addition, the Philippine Navy will accept the second ship of the Hamilton-class warships provided by the United States, said Jia Siming, the Philippine military can also be an increase in arms again.
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