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China threatens sanctions on U.S. firms linked to Taiwan warplanes sale

Aug 21, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'China will take all necessary measures to safeguard our interests,' says foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

GENG SHUANG. Image from Voice of America via Wikipedia

French fighter jets make emergency landing in Indonesia

May 19, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The French navy fighter jets are forced to make an emergency landing due to bad weather

China calls Taiwan flight a 'routine exercise'

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:53 PM

State-run China Daily says the fly-by was part of a planned routine exercise by the People's Liberation Army

Pilot killed in Iran F-5 fighter jet crash

Aug 26, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The cause of the accident is still unknown

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U.S. fighter jet crashes off Japan coast

Jun 11, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Japan's public broadcaster NHK says the rescued pilot had a broken leg

Pilot dead as F18 military plane crashes near Madrid

Oct 17, 2017 - 6:20 PM

The accident comes just days after the pilot of a Eurofighter jet was killed on the approach to landing at a military base at Albacete, 300 kilometers southeast of the capital

Indonesia to barter palm oil, coffee for Russian fighter jets

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The agreement comes as Russia faces sanctions from the EU and the US for alleged meddling in the US presidential election and its annexation of Ukraine s Crimea

RUSSIAN JETS. Indonesia plans to barter its top commodities with Russia, in exchange for fighter jets. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / DEFENSE MINISTRY VIA JIJI PRESS

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Jul 14, 2017 - 9:57 AM

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Beijing denies 'unprofessional' intercept of U.S. plane

May 20, 2017 - 2:57 PM

Related remarks from the US side are inconsistent with fact says the Chinese Ministry of Defense

US AND CHINA. A WC-135 aircraft. Photo from Wikipedia.

PH Air Force now has 10 fighter jets

Apr 26, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The 9th and 10th FA 50 lead in fighter trainers from South Korea arrive in Pampanga

PH Air Force to complete acquisition of 12 FA-50 fighter jets in May

Apr 08, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Four more FA 50s will arrive in April and May according to military spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

PH Air Force now has 8 FA-50 fighter jets

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Four more FA 50s are expected to arrive in the next months

4TH BATCH. The Philippine Air Force formally receive 2 more FA-50 lead in fighter trainers it acquired from South Korea. DPC Photo

WATCH: Philippine Air Force now has 6 fighter jets

Feb 22, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Two brand new FA 50 jets of the Philippine Air Force arrive on Wednesday February 22

PH Air Force to welcome 2 more fighter jets

Feb 21, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The squadron of 12 brand new fighter jets will be completed within the year according to Air Force spokesman Colonel Antonio Francisco

BEEFING UP THE AIR FORCE. Half of the squadron of 12 fighter jets acquired by the previous Aquino administration have arrived. File photo

PH military deploys new fighter jets vs local terrorists

Jan 29, 2017 - 3:27 PM

The South Korean FA 50s were among those deployed to drop bombs in Butig Lanao Del Sur They are believed to have killed over a dozen terrorists and seriously wounded Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon

File photo of FA-50s acquired from South Korea

PH Air Force gets 2 more fighter jets

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:04 PM

The fighter jets are given a water cannon salute at the Clark Airbase in Pampanga

NOW THERE ARE FOUR. Korea Aerospace Industries has delivered 4 of the 12 fighter jets acquired by the Philippine Air Force. PAF photo

FACT CHECK: FA-50s criticized by Duterte are from S. Korea, not US

Sep 09, 2016 - 9:00 PM

A quick check shows the two FA 50s cited by the President were acquired under the previous administration as part of the military modernization program in the face of China s threat in the disputed South China Sea

BOUGHT FROM KOREA. The FA-50 fighter jets President Rodrigo Duterte referenced in his speech on September 9, 2016, were bought not from the US, but from South Korea. Photo from the Philippine Air Force

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Iranian fighter jet crashes, 2 pilots dead

Jan 12, 2016 - 10:51 PM

A local security official says the plane crashed about 65 kilometers from the city of Konarak in Iran s southern Sistan Baluchistan province

Bahrain fighter jet crashes in Saudi near Yemen border

Dec 30, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Saudi Arabia says the fighter jet crashed due to technical error even as rebel forces claim they fired a ballistic missile which hit a target in the same area as the crash

YEMEN CONFLICT. Yemeni workers inspect the damage at a Coca-Cola factory after it was reportedly destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in the capital Sanaa on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

Manufacturer of crashed jet in Indonesia to join probe

Dec 22, 2015 - 11:12 AM

The crash of a T 50 Golden Eagle fighter jet during an air show in central Java marked the 3rd crash involving the South Korea developed supersonic training aircraft

SMOKE FROM CRASH. A plane was seen spiraling to the ground, followed by a dark plume of smoke. Photo from Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Aquino leads turnover of brand-new fighter jets

Dec 06, 2015 - 8:57 PM

The assets are assigned to the Air Defense Wing the unit of the Philippine Air Force responsible for territorial defense

CEREMONIAL POURING OF THE CHAMPAGNE. President Benigno Aquino III leads the turn over and blessing ceremonies for the newly arrived FA-50 fighter jets. All photos by the Philippine Air Force.

Indonesian fighter jet catches fire on runway, pilot jumps to safety

Apr 16, 2015 - 2:48 PM

The fighter jet was due to make a pass over the military headquarters where President Joko Widodo was attending an event

BURNED. An Indonesian F-16 fighter jet sen here after it caught fire just before take off on April 16, 2015. Photo from @KartikaDjoemadi/Twitter

New buzz words, targets: P600B for AFP modernization

Jan 10, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Defense officials want everyone to drop the buzz phrase minimum credible deterrence and instead use credible deterrence as the motivation for the AFP s modernization

PATROLS: Philippine Navy's illustration of the brand new frigates it plans to acquire

The shopping list: Status of PH military's modernization

Dec 23, 2014 - 12:36 PM

2015 is the year of the Philippine Air Force Fighter jets for the West Philippine Sea defense and more air assets are to be delivered

INSPECTION. President Benigno S. Aquino III tours the F-50 on Friday, December 12, 2014, before leaving Korea, at the sidelines of the 25th ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Chinese jet 'intercepts' US plane in S. China Sea

Aug 23, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby says the incident which occurred in international airspace threatens the relationship between the militaries of the 2 countries

AFP modernization P10B short in 2015 budget bill

Aug 09, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad tells Rappler the proposed law that seeks to redefine savings in the 2015 budget will help fund the shortfall

Kiev: Fighter jets downed near MH17 site by missile from Russia

Jul 24, 2014 - 12:55 AM

Pro Russian rebels have insisted on several occasions they are not equipped with weapons capable of hitting targets above an altitude of 2 500 meters

People carry a stretcher with a body bag past a debris of Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 airplane, which crashed during flying over the eastern Ukraine region, at the crash site near Donetsk, Ukraine, 19 July 2014. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Ukraine fighter jet near MH17 before crash – Moscow

Jul 21, 2014 - 11:43 PM

Moscow also denies supplying Ukrainian separatists with Buk missile systems or any other weapons

TALKING MH17. Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during his meeting with Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov (not pictured) in Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, 18 July 2014. Aleksey Babushkin/ RIA NOVOSTI/ KREMLIN/ EPA

PH Navy to get ship, rubber boats from South Korea

Jun 04, 2014 - 1:56 PM

The donations mark the growing defense partnership between Manila and Seoul

LANDING CRAFT UTILITY (LCU): Photo shows BRP Tagbanua (AT296), one of 2 LCUs in the inventory of the Philippine Navy. Malacañang photo

PH Navy asking for 3rd warship from US

Apr 16, 2014 - 5:33 PM

As far as we are now looking at it there will be a positive action for getting a 3rd Del Pilar frigate says Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano

MOST CAPABLE: Philippine Navy's BRP Ramon Alcaraz. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH Air Force a joke no more, gets fighter jets

Mar 28, 2014 - 6:40 PM

Our Air Force can forget the lingering naughty joke that it s all air without force says Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin

SIGNED: A model of the FA-50 of the Korean AeroSpace Industries Ltd

PH completes negotiations for 12 fighter jets

Feb 21, 2014 - 5:34 PM

It is one of 2 big ticket items in the P85 billion revised Armed Forces Modernization Program

COMPLETED NEGOTIATIONS: FA-50 of the Korean AeroSpace Industries Ltd. Photo from KAI website

Palace asked: Release P10B for fighter jets

Dec 27, 2013 - 7:27 AM

The terms earlier put the government to contract in limbo after the South Korean company demanded a huge downpayment

'Major issues' with South Korea delay PH fighter jets

Dec 02, 2013 - 4:25 PM

The Philippines and South Korea disagree on payment terms and timetable for the delivery of spare parts

MADE IN SOUTH KOREA. T-50 is South Korea's first indigenous supersonic aircraft and one of the world's few supersonic trainers. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

China scrambles jets after US, Japan enter air zone: Xinhua

Nov 29, 2013 - 10:36 PM

UPDATED China scrambled fighter jets to monitor US and Japanese aircraft which entered its new air defense zone

AIR DEFENSE. A visitor stands before a decommissioned Chinese A-5 Ground Attack aircraft at the Military Museum in Beijing on November 28, 2013. Ed Jones/AFP Photo

Billions for jets but no money for sat phones?

Nov 21, 2013 - 12:31 AM

Senator Nancy Binay wants the money for fighter jets and attack helicopters diverted to buy assets that can be used in disaster response

MADE IN SOUTH KOREA. T-50 is South Korea's first indigenous supersonic aircraft and one of the world's few supersonic trainers. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Haiyan exposes military’s vulnerabilities

Nov 19, 2013 - 9:25 AM

On the ground while local government officials are supposed to be the first responders in many cases and in reality it is the military that fills in the gaps

Bodies, black box found after Swiss fighter jet crash

Oct 24, 2013 - 11:15 PM

Rescue workers recover both bodies and an autopsy is ordered

FIGHTER JET CRASHED. Smoke billows from a hillside where rescue workers tend to the scene of a plane crash in Alpnachstad, Switzerland, 23 October 2013. Photo by EPA / Urs Flueeler

Bohol shows need for choppers, not fighter jets

Oct 23, 2013 - 8:13 PM

The government is finalizing a government to government deal with South Korea to purchase 12 fighter jets at the cost of P18 9 billion

FAILED BIDDING: The budget allocation for the procurement of refurbished Hueys expires in December. Photo from Philippine Air Force

Congress questions DND plans to buy fighter jets

Sep 02, 2013 - 10:54 PM

Congress threatens to derail plans by the defense department to shift its focus from fighting insurgency to defending our territory in the West Philippine Sea

US suspends delivery of F-16s to Egypt: Pentagon

Jul 24, 2013 - 11:48 PM

UPDATED The United States has decided not to go ahead with plans to supply Egypt with an additional 4 F 16 fighter jets due to unrest gripping the country the Pentagon says

RUN FOR COVER. Egypt security forces fire tear gas to disperse Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo. Photo by AFP

DND wants delivery of 4 fighter jets ASAP

Jul 03, 2013 - 2:53 PM

Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo says the AFP modernization will give the Philippines minimum deterrence capability

'MINIMUM DETERRENCE': DND Undersecretary Fernando Manalo details AFP's modernization plan. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

British fighter jets escort diverted Pakistani plane

May 24, 2013 - 10:01 PM

British fighter jets were scrambled to escort a Pakistan International Airlines plane to a London airport after an onboard incident

AIR SCRAMBLE. British fighter jets escort diverted Pakistani plane. Photo by AFP

Two Russian fighter jets breach Japanese airspace

Feb 07, 2013 - 7:53 PM

The Russian planes were detected off the coast of northernmost Hokkaido island for just over a minute shortly after Japan s new prime minister said he wants to find a mutually acceptable solution to a decades old territorial row between the countries

PH to buy 12 South Korean fighter jets

Jan 30, 2013 - 7:13 PM

The FA 50s will be the first fighter jets to be operated by the Philippine air force since it retired the last of its US designed F 5 fighters in 2005

MADE IN SOUTH KOREA. T-50 is South Korea's first indigenous supersonic aircraft and one of the world's few supersonic trainers. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

49 die as Syria jets blast rebel-held town

Oct 18, 2012 - 11:40 PM

UPDATED UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is making urgent calls for a truce

OUT OF CONTROL VIOLENCE. The Syrian flag flutters above Damascus on September 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA