Japan, Philippines sign document for transfer of helicopter parts

The Philippines and Japan on November 7 signed document that will pave way for Tokyo’s grant aid for Philippine defense enhancement, specifically for the maintenance of Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s UH-1H helicopters.

Japan will be allotting some ¥10.68 billion or around PHP5 billion-worth of spare parts and maintenance equipment consisting of the following categories: airframe structure; dynamic power system, control system; rotor system; hydraulic system; electrical system; instrument system; accessory equipment; and others.

PAF is using UH-1H helicopters for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, transport, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorezana was present during the signing event led by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Pasay City.

Sources: https://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000699.html; https://www.facebook.com/dfaphl/posts/1165410270280472