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New fighter jets stationed at Clark.

The military's FA-50PH fighter jets will be temporarily stationed at Clark pending repair and rehabilitation of the other Air Force facilities, particularly the Basa Air Base also in Pampanga, and another one in Subic.

The first two of a squadron of brand new FA-50PH that the military acquired from South Korea were formally turned over to the PAF last Saturday. The rest of the fighter jets are set to be delivered by 2017.

"Definitely for the next year it's going to be in Clark. The facility both in Basa Air Base in Pampanga and in Subic, they are not prepared to accommodate the FA 50. So what will happen is we are going to fix those facilities both Subic and Clark simultaneously," said Major Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar, Philippine Air Force (PAF) chief of air staff.

"By middle of next year, if things go well in the repair of some facilities in Subic, we might be able to transfer some of our operations there," he added.

Kintanar said the repair of the Basa Air Base will take longer, as this will include upgrading the current aerodrome facilities, runway and hangars.

But by 2017, he said they are expecting that Basa Air Base will be operationalized for fighter operations.

Also scheduled to undergo rehabilitation is the Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan.

"It's going to be a simultaneous thing. We are going to repair as well some of the facilities in Palawan in Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan, and hopefully as we train new pilots for the FA-50 and as soon as we call them combat ready, they would be deployed in those areas," Kintanar said.


PAF AIR ASSET CHRISTENING/5DEC2015 L-R: PNP Chief Ricardo Marquez, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado, Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, Pres. Benigno Aquino III, Gen. Hernando Iriberri, Lt. Gen Eduardo Ano an VAdm. Caesar Taccad pose in fornt of the new air assets of the PAF, which include two FA-50PH fighter jets, and one C-295M Medium Lift Aircraft, at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City. MB PHOTO/FEDERICO CRUZ

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Date:Dec 8, 2015
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