The Philippines Airforce is looking to procure light multirole fighters that can be used primarily to fight insurgents. The Philippines air force operates FA-50 from South Korea which is classified as light combat aircraft but Philippines Airforce wants light jets that are much more capable, than their recent acquisition and are far more capable fighter aircraft.
The Philippines air force had evaluated Saab Gripen-E and Lockheed Martin F-16V but, then President, Rodrigo Duterte had called, F-16 fighter jets “utterly useless” because his Air force needs lighter combat aircraft to fight insurgents which F-16 is not capable of.
A Philippines defense industry analyst recently said, that it will help if the Indian government had a list of all-weather friends who have unlimited access to the best Indian military technology. Many Philippines based analysts have advocated evaluating India’s LCA Tejas Mk1A light combat jets for the Philippines air force requirements, since it is nearly half the price that of Gripen on offer and the recent sale of BrahMos cruise missile system by India to the Philippines has opened up the future export possibility for Air launched BrahMos-NG and Astra Mk1 Missiles to be equipped on the Tejas Mk1A.