Japan officially donates 5 aircraft to Philippines

Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary for Finance, Ammunitions, Installations and Materials Raymundo Elefante and Japan Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) Commissioner Yoshiyuki Suzuki signed the Amended Letter of Arrangement on the transfer of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force trainer aircraft TC-90s.

The signing was witnessed by President Rodrigo Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their bilateral meeting on November 13 at the sidelines of ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.

Japanese Defense Minister Onodera conveyed to National Defense 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 Japan has decided to officially donate the two currently being leased and three upcoming TC-90 aircraft to the Philippine Navy.

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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 were now given for free.

The first two aircraft arrived March 27 this year, while the additional 3 are expected to arrived 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).