Philippines Air Force Joins Multi-Nation War Games 

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The Philippines Air Force has arrived in northern Australia on its first overseas deployment in six decades for combat practice alongside US and Australian fighter jets, amid a rise in tensions with China in the South China Sea.

Four Philippine FA-50 fighter jets and 162 personnel are taking part in the Pitch Black war games over Australia’s largely unpopulated Northern Territory, involving 20 countries and 140 aircraft

China and the Philippines are locked in a confrontation in the disputed South China Sea and their encounters have grown more tense as Beijing presses its claims to shoals in waters that Manila says are well within its exclusive economic zone.

Meanwhile, Australian Strategic Policy Institute senior analyst, Euan Graham said although the Philippines has a mutual defence treaty with the United States, it would look to its own air force and navy as the first line of defence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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