Reports in the South Korean press are stating that the Philippines will acquire 12 TA-50 light attack aircraft from South Korea in a deal worth US$591.3 million, with each aircraft expected to cost US$29.8 million.
The Korea Aerospace Industries TA-50 Golden Eagle is part of a family of South Korean supersonic advanced trainers, light attack aircraft and multirole fighters. The TA-50 variant is a more heavily armed version of the T-50 trainer, intended for lead-in fighter training and light attack roles. Equipped with the Israeli EL/M-2032 radar, the TA-50 is designed to operate as a combat platform capable of employing precision-guided weapons, air-to-air missiles, and air-to-ground missiles. It is also capable of carrying external reconnaissance, targeting and electronic warfare pods.
We had previously speculated that reports of the Philippines planning to buy aircraft other than second-hand F-16s being offered by the United States was most likely a bluff, intended to secure a better deal. Looks like it's time to eat humble pie. Bon Appétit.