Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero was flown aboard an FA-50PH jet during a Tactical Capability Demonstration Flight, the AFP said in a statement. The AFP chief was flown by a PAF pilot who saw action in Marawi City battle against terrorists.
After the flight, the General Guerrero was awarded with a Mach 1+ patch, Mach Buster Plaque, and FA-50PH patch as a proof that he flew a speed of Mach 1.2 or around 1, 482 kilometers per hour flight, AFP said.
The activity was conducted on January 18, 2018 at the Air Defense Alert Center, Clark Air Base, Pampanga.
PAF commanding general Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard R. Kintanar Jr. together with the City Council of Commanders welcomed the AFP chief who was accompanied by AFP Northern Luzon Command commanding general Lieutenant General Emmanuel B. Salamat.
AFP said General Guerrero vowed to support PAF’s future big ticket acquisitions after observing a simulated bombing activity that spotlighted the accuracy of FA-50PHs on board aerial firepower, fighting capability and technology.
“The acquisition of FA-50, one of PAF’s workhorses that was considered by AFP ground commanders as the game changer during the Marawi campaign, will soon be sharing attention with multi-role fighters that are planned to be acquired by the Philippine Air Force,” AFP said.
PAF is currently operating 12 FA-50PHs from South Korea’s Korea Aerospace Industries.