The Department of National Defense (DND) has expressed its gratitude to the Japanese government for going ahead with the lease deal of five TC-90 training aircraft which will help boost the country's rescue and maritime security capabilities.
"We are truly grateful for this reaffirmation by the Japanese government on the transfer of the TC-90 aircraft. We look forward to the eventual completion of this gracious collaboration. This will be a leap into our humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and maritime security awareness capabilities," Defense Spokesperson Peter Paul Galvez said.
Japanese Defense Minister Nakatani confirmed the lease deal Monday.
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.
The TC-90's patrol range is double of small Philippine aircraft which only has a maximum range of 300 kilometers.