Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana expressed gratitude to the Japanese government as the latter donated three more Beechcraft King Air TC-90 aircraft to the Philippine Navy (PN).
“We are very thankful for this first grant project of JMOD (Japan Ministry of Defense) following the amendment of Japan Government’s Self-Defense Force Act which allows the donation of excess defense and military equipment to partner countries such as ours,” he said.
Lorenzana said these aircraft could surely bolster the Philippine Navy’s capability to provide humanitarian assistance and conduct 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,” he added.
The TC-90, which is part of the Beechcraft King Air aircraft family, was offered by Japan shortly after the Agreement Concerning the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology was finalized last Feb. 29, 2016.
“On behalf of the One Defense Team, we are truly grateful to the government of Japan for its tremendous assistance in helping us improve our ability to carry out maritime security operations,” the defense chief said.