So we may not end up with the TA-50 as our main A2A asset? The article puts the "fighter" acquisition in the same time frame with the TA-50 delivery.
IMHO, maybe the '12 fighter jets' referred to in the article are the same TA-50's SND had already said we're acquiring? After all, isn't a TA-50 arguably a jet fighter, albeit of the lightweight kind?
Defense Assistant Secretary Patrick Velez told The STAR the jet fighters would be acquired from suppliers based in South Korea, Italy, United Kingdom and Russia.
I think this is the confusing part. If the TA-50 had indeed already been chosen, why did Def.Ass.Sec. Velez still mention Italy (Master), United Kingdom (Hawk), and Russia (Mitten) in the news article?
Did he mean that the worst suspicions of some of us here are true - that the TA-50 isn't truly a done deal yet?
Or did he mean that, in addition to the TA-50, we're also planning to get another LIFT squadron from another country? (Though I don't think that'd make sense, at any level...)
Or was Mr Shorty_1972 really on to something there when he speculated (based on PNoy's statements) that another squadron - this time MRFs - might be forthcoming? In that case, mentioning South Korea (FA-50/surp F-5's), Italy (surp EF2000T1/Tornado), UK (surp EF2000T1/Tornado), and Russia (SU-27/30) would then make sense - though a bit unrealistic, except for the FA-50 IMHO.
Or could this just be another case of media brain fart?