03 May Japan Leased 5 TC-90 Training Airplanes to the Philippines
On Monday, May 2, an agreement leasing 5 TC-90 Training Airplanes from Japan to the Philippines has been reached between Japan’s Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and the Voltaire Gazmin, the Secretary of the Department of National Defense of the Philippines.
This agreement brought these two nations together and had been once enemies in the World War II. The unity of japan and Philippines is a sign that the need for cross-country alliance is wanted in the mounting tension in the South China Sea, where China has been revamping coral reefs into islands that are capable of deploying military advances.
The TC-90 training airplanes can help the Philippines to train their pilots and aircraft mechanics.
The TC-90 is capable of flying around 1,900 kilometers and can also be used as a surveillance aircraft. That rate almost doubles the capability of the Philippine Navy’s aircraft.
After Japan’s ban on weapons exports, this is the first instance to lease a Self-Defense Forces’ aircraft to another country.
“We agreed that it is important for all the countries in the region to strengthen cooperation in order to maintain peace and stability of the South China Sea. We believe that improving the Philippines’ capability will lead to stability in the region,” General Nakatani said.
Not only the Philippines but Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and Taiwan are also in dispute with China’s over claiming of territory in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, in the East China Sea, Japan has a separate issue against China after they are robbed an island that is supposed to be under their administration, which is now claimed by Beijing.
Last February, an anti-submarine reconnaissance aircraft and radar technology has been sent by Japan, and just recently, a Japanese warship visited the Philippines near the contested areas of the South China Sea.