Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said that the first TC-90 aircraft from Japan will arrive in the country early in 2017. It is expected to land in February or March at  Sangley Point, Cavite.  Read on to learn more about it.

3 Fast Facts About The Lease Of Japanese TC-90 Aircraft:

 

1. The country will annually pay Japan $7,000 (P348,453) and $200 (P9,955.80) for the first four and fifth aircraft respectively.

The lease agreement has a total stipulated amount of $28,200 (P1.4 million) and is renewable annually. Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (MSDF) will supply the TC-90. The Philippine Navy will use the aircraft  for humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and maritime security purposes.

2. The Department of National Defense (DND) will consider using the aircraft for 20 years if proven helpful for the country.

Japan offered TC-90 to the Philippines after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology on Feb. 29. Both countries agreed in May to lease up to five TC-90 aircraft used by the MSDF for pilot training. TC-90 aircraft is part of the Beechcraft King Air aircraft family and has a flight range of about 2,000 kilometers (km).

3.  Japan will train a total of six Philippine Naval pilots to fly TC-90 aircraft.

In November, PN has sent two lieutenant commanders to Japan for aircraft training. The training  will be up to March 2017 at the MSDF’s Tokushima Air Base in Tokushima Prefecture.  

Meanwhile, this is the first time that Japan MSDF has made an aircraft lease deal to another country. It is believed that the move is caused by Shinzo Abe government's view to help the Philippines strengthen its maritime patrol capabilities over the disputed waterway with China.

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