The Philippine Navy has provided in its official social networking page a video clip of three Japanese-donated Beechcraft King Air TC-90 aircraft’s arrival and turn over ceremony.
These three aircraft are part of 5-aircraft donation pledged by the Japanese government. The first 2 aircraft arrived March 27, 2017.
These aircraft were offered by Japan after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology was finalized on February 29, 2016.
“The transfer of these TC90 aircraft was originally a lease contract but was changed into a grant pursuant to the letter of agreement we signed last November 2017 with the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD),” Secretary Lorenzana said.
“These aircraft will definitely boost the PN’s capability in providing humanitarian assistance and conducting disaster relief operations. Also, with its patrol range that is double compared to those of the existing Philippine aircraft which only has a maximum range of 300 kilometers, the maritime air surveillance and intelligence surveillance reconnaissance capability of PN will also be enhanced,” the defense chief added.