Japanese Government to Provide Spare Parts for Donated TC-90 Patrol Airplanes

The Philippines under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte really got the trust and confidence of our neighbors particularly Asia's economic powerhouse Japan, as the Japanese government has committed to provide spare parts and capacity fielding in maintaining the five Beechcraft King Air TC-90 Patrol Airplanes.



Japan decided to donate the Patrol Airplanes to the Philippines and would like to ensure that by providing the spare parts, they could ensure that these planes are always operational according to the Philippine Navy's statement.

Navy flag-officer-in-command, Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad was quoted as saying during the handover ceremony for three TC-90s in Sangley Point, Cavite "Having assured of their unwavering support, I am confident that we will be able to operate, maintain and sustain the five TC-90's that will become relevant in achieving our goals of our Active Archipelagic Defense Strategy (AADS); pursuit of our vision that, by 2020, we shall be strong and credible that our maritime nation will be proud of," Admiral Empedrad stated.



The Philippine Navy added further that under the AADS, the Navy is planning to boost its maritime surveillance capacity to fully secure the country's territorial waters, which is among the largest in the world, and the TC-90's can help achieve this goal," Empedrad said.

The newly-donated surveillance aircraft, the TC-90, part of the Beechcraft King Aircraft family, was offered by Japan shortly after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology which was finalized last February 29, 2016.



The Philippine News Agency also reported that the First to TC-90's were deliver to the Phililppines on March 27, 20128. The remaining aircraft from Japan  will be handed over to the Navy.

The TC-90 has a range of more than 1,000 nautical miles, and a cruising speed of 226 knots and is capable of carrying eight passengers along with the pilot.

To date, the Navy is operating six Norman Britten “Islander” patrol aircraft, five AgustaWestland combat utility helicopters, and one Robinson R-22 training helicopter.

Source: PNA

Japanese Government to Provide Spare Parts for Donated TC-90 Patrol Airplanes Japanese Government to Provide Spare Parts for Donated TC-90 Patrol Airplanes Reviewed by Phil Newsome on March 27, 2018 Rating: 5
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