Japan approves transfer of UH-1H helicopters spare parts to PHL

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The Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) under Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced that the request of Philippines for transfer of Bell UH-1H helicopters spare parts was approved.

ATLA said in a statement that at the sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 2 the Japanese MOD informed Philippines’ Department of National Defense of the decision.

Both Japanese Ministry of Defense Itsunori Onodera and National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana attended the Shangri-La Dialogue.

ATLA said the helicopter spare parts will be transferred free of charge.

In early May, Philippine Air Force (PAF) chief Lieutenant General Galileo Kintanar said the spare parts from Japan are enough to keep around 80 Hueys flying until 2020.

Sources: http://www.mod.go.jp/atla/pinup/pinup300602.pdf; https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-defence-japan/philippines-seeks-parts-from-japan-for-huey-helicopters-idUKKBN1I80ZG