PH to receive more defense equipment from Japan - Lorenzana

PH to receive more defense equipment from Japan - Lorenzana

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana cannot over emphasized the importance of the P2.5 billion worth of spare parts and maintenance equipment for the Philippine Air Force’ UH-1 Huey helicopters, donated by the Japanese government.
Being the first Southeast Asian country that was given excess military material by Japan, the Philippines is still expecting other military equipment’s from its ally.
The Philippines is also looking to acquire at radar systems and excess airplanes from the Japanese government.
“Wala pa [None yet, it’s still] on the pipeline pero marami pa tayong gustong kunin sa kanila [but there are many that we want to get from them],”Sec. Lorenzana said.
Turn over ceremony of the P2.5 Billion worh of Huey spare parts and maintenance equipments from Japan (photo credit to owner)

“(Like) radar systems. airplanes na mga excess nila [which are their excess]. Kung meron silang excess airplanes pero pinaguusapan pa namin ng defense minister [If they have excess airplanes, but we are still discussing that with the defense minister],” he added.
The Defense Secreatry relates, if everything pushes through, the Armed Forces of the Philippines are looking to acquire four to five advance radar systems from Japan which is considered as among the best in the world.

Manufactured in Japan

Lorenzana explains that the spare parts and maintenance equipment donated to the Philippine Air Force were manufactured by the Japanese themselves.
”This is [these are] donated by the Japanese government because they are manufacturing these spare parts under license from the U.S.,” Lorenzana said.
Meron silang [They have] excess so they thought it wise to give it to us dahil marami tayong nakatengga dyan na hindi makalipad dahil walang [because we have many which are grounded and cannot fly as there are no] spare parts. And we’re very much appreciative that they are giving this worth P2.5 billion of spares.”
Japan changed its laws which paved the way for them to export defense article to other countries, and the Philippines was the first beneficiary of the changed in their constitution.

Why the Philippines?

Lorenzana was asked why the Japanese government chose the Philippines to be the first beneficiary of their excess defense article? The Defense Secretary jokingly said “Siguro favorite tayo nila [Maybe we are their favorite].

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