Friday, 24 March 2017

Philippines to receive first two TC-90 trainer aircraft from Japan

Japan to deliver first two TC-90 trainer aircraft to the Philippines

Gabriel Dominguez, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

23 March 2017

Japan will transfer the first two of five Beechcraft TC-90 King Air advanced trainer aircraft to the Philippines on 27 March, with the remaining three aircraft set to be delivered by the end of 2017, the Tokyo-based Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency said in a statement on 21 March.

The Philippine Navy (PN) is leasing the TC-90s from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to boost its maritime security capabilities.

Besides the delivery of the aircraft, the deal, which was signed during the administration of former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III, includes pilot training and aircraft maintenance support.

Jane's reported in March 2016 that the TC-90s will not be weaponised and are expected to feature only basic surveillance systems, but represent one of Japan's first programmes to transfer military aircraft since the country lifted its defence export ban in 2014.

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