Acquisition of multi-role fighters not moved to Horizon 3

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the multi-role fighter (MRF) project, which is scheduled in the latter part of Horizon Two of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program, is not being moved to the Horizon Three.

“No it is not being moved to the 3rd Horizon. The senior [defense and military] leaders will soon table for decision the planned MRF acquisition,” he added.

The MRFs are fighter aircraft capable of performing air-superiority, ground-attack, recon and other missions – aside from being agile and capable of attaining supersonic speeds. Among examples of the aircraft include the American-made F-16 and F-18 jets.

Horizon Two is scheduled for 2018 to 2022 while Horizon Three is slated for 2023 to 2028.

Horizon One lasted from 2013 to 2017 and resulted to acquisition of 12 FA-50PH light-lift interim fighters and two strategic sealift vessels, to name a few.