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Philippines leases patrol aircraft

27th October 2016 - 08:29 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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During President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Japan from 25-27 October, the Philippines signed an MoU and letter of arrangement with Tokyo to lease five TC-90 trainer aircraft that will be used for maritime surveillance and for pilot training. 

The TC-90 is Japan’s nomenclature for the Beechcraft King Air, of which the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) employs 26 remaining aircraft as trainers. The Philippines will use the aircraft for maritime surveillance, a role in which the Philippine Navy (PN) is very weak.

Two aircraft will arrive in March or April 2017, while six PN aviators will head to Japan beforehand

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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