The Japanese government plans to lease five of its retired training aircraft to the Philippine Navy, according to a report.
The Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the Philippines will use Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force TC-90 for air patrol missions in the South China Sea. The aircraft currently used by the Philippine Navy for air patrol missions have a short range with a radius of 300 kilometers, according to the report.
The TC-90 aircraft has a radius of action twice of those the in the Philippine Navy and will be able to cover most of the islands in the Spratly Group.
However, the Japanese trainer planes are not equipped with radars and other devices, the Yomiuri Shimbun said. They will only be used for visual monitoring over the Spratly Islands.
The lease of the Japanese aircraft will be based on the Three Principles of Transfer on Defense Equipment and Technology, which allows arms exports.
The Philippines is reported to spend millions annually for the lease of the Japanese aircraft.
Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani is expected to visit the Philippines soon to finalize the official agreement on the lease.
Tha Japanese and the Philippine governments recently signed an agreement for the transfer of defense equipment and technology from Tokyo to Manila.
The Philippines is the first country in Southeast Asia and the third in the world to enter into a defense equipment agreement with Japan.
Source and image: Philstar
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