Philippines among considered potential users of next-gen Korean fighter KF-21

Philippines is among the nations considered as potential exporters of next-generation Korean fighter KF-21 “Boramae” (Hawk) by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).

During the unveiling event on April 9 for the first prototype of KF-21, the fighter aircraft was lit up with flags of nations believed to be potential users including the Philippine flag.

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is currently operating 12 units of FA-50PH built by KAI.

In March 2020, analyst Abraham Ait, in an article published on, said Thailand, Philippines, and even Iraq “could be leading clients for the fighter.”

South Korea President Moon Jae-in said during the unveiling event that South Korea plans to deploy 40 units by 2028 and 120 units by 2032.

He also thanked the Indonesian government for “believing in the potential of Korea and becoming a partner in joint development.”