Category Archives: Fighter Aircraft

The F-16V Block 70/72 Viper for the Philippine Air Force? – Part One

A Computer Generated Image (CGI) of an F-16V Viper with Indonesian Air Force markings. Photo courtesy of the official Lockheed Martin website.

In November 2019, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) revealed to the defense publication Jane’s that the F-16 Fighting Falcon is one of the aircraft they are considering for their Multi-Role Fighter (MRF) program, along with the Su-30 Flanker, JAS-39 Gripen and Eurofighter Typhoon.1

A month later Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the selection had been narrowed down to only two aircraft, the Gripen and F-16V Block 70/72 Viper.2 The F-16V is the same version that Lockheed Martin (LM) showed as a Scale Model with PAF markings during the 2018 Asian Defense and Security (ADAS) event in the Philippines.3
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The F-16V Block 70/72 Viper for the Philippine Air Force? – Part Two

A Computer Generated Image (CGI) of an F-16V Viper. Photo courtesy of the official Lockheed Martin website.

This is the second and last of two blogs I made about the F-16V Block 70/72 Viper aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF), you can access the first one here: The F-16V Block 70/72 Viper for the Philippine Air Force? – Part One

’Operating Costs’
No data is available yet for the Operating Costs or Cost Per Flight Hour (CPFH) of the F-16V, but some data are available for its older version, the F-16C. Calculating CPFH though is a bit tricky since there is no standard way of doing it, so instead of citing just one figure I am just going to give a range of figures if enough data is available.
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The JAS-39C/D Gripen for the Philippine Air Force? – Part Two

Side view of a JAS-39C Gripen aircraft. Photo courtesy of Matt Morgan.

Continuing my blog about the JAS-39C/D Gripen for the Philippine Air Force (PAF):

’Asymmetric Warfare’1
For me, the biggest asset of the JAS-39C/D is its ability to allow us to conduct sort of like an Asymmetric or Guerilla type of warfare against a stronger opponent. Just as Submarines will allow us to fight such a type of war using our Navy, the Gripen could allow us to do something similar, but this time with our Air Force.

This is because the JAS-39C/D was designed right from the outset to be able to operate not from just major airfields, but also on smaller, less prepared airstrips like small Tactical Bases or even stretches of roads that are at least 16 m wide and 800 m long.
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The JAS-39C/D Gripen for the Philippine Air Force? – Part One

Front view of a JAS-39C Gripen aircraft. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

In October 2018, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed in an interview by the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the JAS-39 Gripen will likely be selected for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) multi role combat aircraft program.1

Saab has been actively promoting their Gripen aircraft in the Philippines for quite some time now, culminating in them bringing in a full sized model of their JAS-39C Gripen aircraft during the Asian Defence and Security Show (ADAS) in September 2018 in Manila.2
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The JF-17 Thunder for the Philippine Air Force?

A JF-17 Thunder of the Pakistani Air Force showing its planform. Photo courtesy of RA.AZ thru Flickr.

During the campaign period for the 2016 Presidential elections, one joke I would occasionally come out with on my page went something like, “oh don’t worry, if Rodrigo Duterte becomes President, our Air Force would eventually end up with the JF-17 Thunder as its Multi-Role Fighter (MRF), ha-ha-ha”.

And then the May 2016 elections came, and he won. By a fricking landslide. Five months into the new administration, in December 2016 Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said in a newspaper interview that they were looking at importing weapons from Pakistan where the JF-17 is currently being made.1 Note that Dominguez is also one of Duterte’s closest advisers, being a childhood friend and former classmate.2 So the jokes came out again.
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The FA-50PH in Combat – Bomb Delivery

Front view of an FA-50PH aircraft of the Philippine Air Force. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

One thing about having an active insurgency in our midst is that we can at least use our weapons in actual combat conditions. Of course that is not necessarily something to celebrate about, but just trying to make the most out of a bad situation.

Like in the case of the FA-50PH Fighting Eagles that we bought from the South Korean company Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), for example. Out of all the countries that has bought the FA-50 and its variants, the Philippines is the first and so far the only country to have used it in real combat.
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US Armed Forces Aircraft Operating Costs – August 2016

An F-16C of the United States Air Force in flight. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
An F-16C of the United States Air Force in flight. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The United States (US) Defense Department released a couple of months ago a Financial Report showing the “Reimbursement Rate” for all the military aircraft used by the US Armed Forces.1 That rate is also a measure of the Cost per Flight Hour (CPFH) of each aircraft, or how much it costs to operate the aircraft for every hour of flight.2

Relations between the US and our new President Rodrigo R. Duterte has not been very good lately, hence I’m not sure if this information is still relevant to us anymore. But the US does have a new President, so there is a chance that relations with them will improve. At any rate, I think that it will still be good to take a closer look at these CPFH data just for general knowledge.

Now these data are a little bit tricky since they do tend to vary a lot if you look at some of the data that has been published out there over the years from other sources, but for the purposes of this blog, let’s just consider these latest data as the most accurate one for now.
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