Philippines to buy fighter jets amid tensions with China | Airlines

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has given the go ahead for the government to purchase multirole fighter jets amid escalating territorial tensions with China.

The president’s decision was announced by General Romeo Brawner Jr, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), during a media briefing with local press on July 4, 2024.

The Philippines and Sweden signed an agreement in May 2024 to support the acquisition of multi-role fighter (MRF) aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

However, the type of fighter jet and how many the country will acquire has not yet been specified.

The Swedish-made Saab JAS-39 Gripen fighter jet is one of the two jet fighters identified by the PAF for its MRF acquisition project, alongside Lockheed Martin’s F-16 from the United States.

Brawner, Jr said the Philippines’ current FA-50 jet fighters are capable but not adequate enough to defend the country, adding that multirole fighters are “bigger, faster and more lethal” than the FA-50PH currently operated by the country. 

Although he did not specify China, Brawner, Jr said the multirole fighter jets are needed to defend the Philippines against its “adversaries, especially those outside the country”.

Tensions between China and the Philippines have escalated in recent months over maritime and territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea, which China…

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