The Japanese government is expected to transfer the first batch of UH-1H “Huey” spare parts and maintenance equipment donated for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in the first quarter of 2019.
“Following the Exchange of Notes, the DND and the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) will coordinate and finalize the details and schedule of the transfer. The actual turnover of the first batch of spare parts and equipment is tentatively scheduled in the first quarter of next year,” Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said.
This is after Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda signed the exchange of notes on November 7 at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Pasay City for the said donation.
The donation involves ¥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).
Sources: http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1053548; https://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000695.html; https://www.facebook.com/dfaphl/posts/1165410270280472