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Philippines takes delivery of new fighter jets

The Philippines has taken delivery of the first two Korean-made fighter jets, the country's first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade, as it strengthens its military amid a territorial conflict with China.

The country's military said the FA-50 jets touched down on Saturday at Clark Freeport, a former US Air Force base north of the capital Manila, to applause from security officials led by defence secretary Voltaire Gazmin. It has bought a total of 12 jets.

Mr Gazmin said: "We're glad we're finally back to supersonic age."

The Philippine military, one of Asia's least equipped, has been building up its air force and navy at a time of an escalating territorial feud with Beijing in the South China Sea.

Its last fleet of supersonic combat aircraft, the F-5, was decommissioned in 2005.

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