Japan donates P5-B worth of Huey spare parts to Philippine Air Force (PAF)

Japan donates P5-B worth of Huey spare parts to Philippine Air Force (PAF)

Philippine-Japan relations has never been this good, actually it has been described by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as “Golden Age of PH-Japan relations.”

Since the start of the Duterte presidency, it was evident that Japan and the Philippines would have a solid bilateral relations with each other, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made it even more personal when he visited the humble abode of President Duterte in Davao.

Halfway to his Presidency, Japan has given the Philippines again a concrete manifestation of its sincerity and friendship.

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda  and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. , just signed and exchange notes on the grant aid for spare parts and maintenance equipment for the Philippine military’s helicopters.

Japan will provide the Philippine  Air Force P5-billion worth of assistance to enhance its current  capabilities.

Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) donates P5-B worth of Huey spare parts to the Philippines' Air Force (photo credit to owner)

“The Grant Aid on UH-1H parts and maintenance equipment to the PAF, involves Japan’s grant of some ¥10.68 billion (PhP5 billion) worth of spare parts and maintenance equipment of UH-1H helicopters by the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) consisting of the following categories: airframe structure; dynamic power system, control system; rotor system; hydraulic system; electrical system; instrument system; accessory equipment; and others,” the DFA said in a statement.

The Huey’s are considered the workhorses of the PAF, specially during Human Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations in times of calamities.

Japan also just this year completed the donation of five (5) Beechcraft TC-90 aircraft for the Philippine Navy.

The donation would allow the PAF to extend the service life of its Huey helicopter fleet and also improve it’s capabilities and possibly even bring back units that were discarded for lack of much needed spare parts.

This is a great news, since the country is still looking for new Combat Utility Helicopters after President Duterte cancelled the deal with the delivery of 16 Bell 412 helicopters from Canada.

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