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Japan to donate 3 more patrol planes

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The Japanese government continues to express support for the government’s fight for national security as three more patrol aircraft are set be donated by March this year.

Department of National Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the three Beechcraft King Air TC-90 planes will be transferred to the Armed forces of the Philippines (AFP) before the end of March.

With the committed three TC-90 patrol planes, the Philippines will have a total of 5 TC-90s operated by the military.

One of the first two TC-90s has already conducted its first maritime air patrol mission off Panatag Shoal on January 31.

One TC-90 can accommodate eight passengers along with pilots; has a range of over 1, 000 nautical miles; and a cruising speed of 260 knots.

These patrol planes were promised following the signing of the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology in February 2016.

The Philippine Navy has now controlled over six Norman Britten patrol aircraft, four GAF “Nomad” planes, five Agusta Westland combat utility helicopters and one Robinson R-22 training helicopter.

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