Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Philippines may buy Russian trainer aircraft

The Philippines is studying the possibility of buying abroad, including Russia, a lot of twelve military training aircraft in the program to modernize its army, reported Wednesday the national news agency ANP.

"The modernization program of our armed forces has now reached its full extent", said the Philippine Minister of Defense Voltaire Gazmin.

Manila has to choose between Russian aircraft including Yak-130, the South Korean T-50, M-346 Italians and the British Hawk. The final decision must be made by the end of July.

The Philippine Air Force needs training aircraft. In 2005, the last seven F-5A / B, purchased in the U.S., were retired after 40 years of service. The pilots did not jets and require retraining, says the agency ANP.

The Russian advanced jet trainer Yakovlev Yak-130 provides a high level of training and retraining of pilots.
Asian Defence News

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