Japan donates TC-90s to the Philippines

Five Beechcraft TC-90 aircraft leased to the Philippines will be donated to the country, following a change in Japanese law that now permits the donation of second-hand military equipment.

The aircraft were original part of a one-year lease deal signed between Tokyo and Manila in September 2016. Japanese sources said the request to change the deal from a leasing agreement to a donation was made by the Philippine Government and approved by Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency.

Japan’s Ministry of Defence said on October 26 that the aircraft will add a much-needed maritime surveillance capability. The five are former Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) aircraft, which will be used by the Philippine Navy for maritime surveillance operations over the South China Sea. Two (former JMSDF 6822 and 6824) have already been delivered and a further three are due to arrive by the end of March 2018.