GOOD NEWS: Japanese Government to Donate the Lease TC-90 Aircraft to the Philippine Navy

The Philippine government and the Japanese government is now showing a sense of solidarity after the Japanese government under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to officially donate the lease TC-90 aircraft to the Philippine Navy.

The two aircraft is now in the Philippines while the three upcoming TC-90 aircraft is scheduled to arrive in the Philippines, in the next few days.

Japanese Defense Minister Onodera conveyed to National Defene Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during their bilateral meeting at the sidelines of 4th ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Plus in Clark, Pampanga on October 23, that the Japanese government decided to donate the lease aircraft to the Philippines.

According to Japanese Ministry of Defense this is the first instance that excess defense equipment will be transferred to another country completely free of charge.

The earlier agreement between Japan and Philippines was a total of 5 TC-90 aircraft will be rented at a friendly price, however, with the change in Japanese regulations and request from Philippine government these aircraft will be given for free.

Last March 27 of 2017, the first two TC-90 aircraft arrived in the Philippines while the additional three (3) aircraft are expected to arrived this coming March 2018.

These aircraft were provided by Japan to help Philippines monitor its vast maritime territories and also assist in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR).

The Japanese designated TC-90 aircraft was operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). From November 2016 to November 2017 six Philippine Navy pilots were trained to fly the aircraft at Tokushima Airport, maintenance staff are also being trained by the Japanese counterparts.

Source: PNA

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