- Written by Super User
- Sunday, 01 July 2012
Over the years, however, the PAF had decommissioned all its jetfighter-interceptors, the last one in 2005 with the retirement of its F-5A/B war jet without any replacement, leaving the country’s airspace virtually defenseless without a single jet interceptor left in its arsenal.
Today, the PAF has fewer than 200 aircraft of various types, minus the jetfighters “guarding” Philippine airspace at a time when the country needed it most as a deterrent force against foreign intrusion, particularly by China in the case of the Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) ownership, which is well within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ)..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune