Philippines willing to acquire other excess Japanese defense equipment

10:38:00 PM
MANILA, -- The country is open to acquire other military equipment which may be declared surplus by Japan.

This was stressed by Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Dr. Peter Paul Galvez Thursday.

"If they(Japanese) will have excess defense articles (in the form) of Hueys (UH-H helicopters) and C-130 cargo planes, we will be very much interested in acquiring them," he said in Filipino.

Galvez said that it is easy for the Philippines to "absorb" these equipment as the country has the maintenance facilities, spare parts and know-how to operate these machines as the Filipino military has the same sort of planes at its inventory.

He earlier confirmed the DND's interest in acquiring P-3C "Orion" maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft from Japan.

"We are interested in acquiring them (P-3Cs) especially if they become excess defense articles as we can acquire it at a very reasonable price which is advantageous to the government," he added.

Sources said that Japan and the Philippines are talking about the possible transfer of two to four P-3C to the Filipino military.

Japan is in the process of replacing its P-3Cs with its homegrown Kawasaki Heavy P-1 patrol aircraft which has twice the range of the "Orion" which is pegged at 2,380 nautical miles.

The Japanese military is known to operate 70 plus units of the P-3Cs.

And when asked if the country is capable of maintaining and operating the P-3C, Galvez said that the DND will try to program it from its budget.

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force P3-C Orion taxis before taking off from Puerto Princesa, the Philippines.

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