Navy eyes 8 TC-12B Hurons as maritime patrol aircraft via US EDA program

The Philippine Navy’s Naval Air Wing (NAW) – in the 73rd anniversary issue of its official publication, The Flight Log – has revealed that the TC-12B Huron Aircraft Acquisition Project is in progress.

“The TC12B Huron Aircraft Acquisition Project started with the offer from JUSMAG (Joint United States Military Assistance Group)-Philippines of thirteen units Beechcraft TC12B Huron aircraft through Excess Defense Articles (EDA) Program,” NAW said in The Flight Log.

It was noted that the Navy leadership signified intention for eight units to fill the capability gap for maritime patrol aircraft.

“The project was subsequently approved by PN Capability Cluster Board last 21 April 2020 in consideration of NAW requirements of having capabilities for HADR, Tactical Lift, and ISR,” NAW noted.

It added that National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana approved the joint visual inspection of the thirteen TC-12B Huron aircraft being offered, scheduled from last week of September to first of October.

NAW added that a series of virtual meetings was held between Philippine Navy and United States Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to finalize the Statement of Work for the project.

NAW also noted that the rough order magnitude fir the project amounts to USD59.9 million.