28 January 2017
|The Philippine Air Foce (PAF) has unleashed for the first time and the first combat sortie of any FA-50 manufactured jet as it delivered precision ordnance to Butig, Lanao del Sur on the night of January 26, 2017 against ISIS targets from Mactan Airbase in Cebu. |
The two of the four newly acquired FA-50 fighter aircraft with tail numbers PH001 and PH004 delivered surgical air strikes against the terrorists group using highly advanced laser technology causing casualties to the militants.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed the used of said military asset and ammunition yesterday. Target coordinates were provided by a US Air Force drone flown from Cotabato City.
The jets from the 7th "Bulldogs" Tactical Fighter Squadron in Clark Airbase, Pampanga was sent to Mactan on January 22 in preparation for the precision strike.