An online report posted at Manila Livewire, revealed that Chinese Government secretly calls Lockheed Martin CEO Marilyn Hewson through the back door channel after China discovered the plan of Philippines to acquire 1 squadrons of F16-V Fighting Falcon Jets.
According to Manila Livewire, their insider at the control and assembly plant facility confirmed that Lockheed CEO received request from China to stop and block PH in its acquisition plan of 12 units of F16-V Fighting Jets.
The CEO responded and strictly informed China that they(Lockheed) have no rights to do this.
It is highly unacceptable to follow direct orders from theme (China) or other governments as it will
compromise company's interest." We can only follow orders from our own government, the United States of America. In fact, we cannot derails such agreement because its government to government arrangement(G2G)."CEO added.
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. Over 4,500 aircraft have been built since production was approved in 1976.Although no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force, improved versions are still being built for export customers. In 1993, General Dynamics sold its aircraft manufacturing business to the Lockheed Corporation, which in turn became part of Lockheed Martin after a 1995 merger with Martin Marietta.
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The project acquisition of 1 Squadron or 12 units of F16-V Fighter Falcons Jets will includes parts, missiles, weapons and pilot training with a prize tag of $386M dollars.
In 2013, China also reportedly asked the South Korean government not to sell FA-50 fighter jets to the Philippines. The request was made before Philippine President Benigno Aquino III made a state visit to South Korea last October 17, according to the newspaper which cited Yomuiri Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper report on Oct. 18.
The FA-50 fighter jet is manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and according to Defense News website, the FA-50 ‘is armed with air-to-air, air-to-surface missiles and machine guns, as well as precision-guided bombs, such as joint direct-attack munitions and sensor-fused weapons. Fitted with Israel Elta System’s EL/M- 2032 PULSE Doppler radar with a range of 100 kilometers, the jet is suitable for close-air support missions.’
The government to government deal with S.Korea for FA-50 acquisition roughly costs the Philippine government around P18.9 Billion.
The Philippines is currently in the middle of an arbitration case with China before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague due to ongoing territorial dispute in West Philippine Sea.
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