Japan and the Philippines will conclude talks this week to lease five Beechcraft TC-90 King
Airs from the Maritime Self-Defense Force to Manila. Japan’s Defense Minister Gen. Nakatani will call his Filipino counterpart Gazmin today, May 2nd to finalize the deal. The aircraft will help boost the Philippine’s maritime security efforts , particularly patrolling territory in the West Philippine Sea.
Philippines confirms plans to lease Japanese TC-90 advanced trainers
Jon Grevatt, Bangkok – IHS Jane’s Defence Industry
10 March 2016
Philippines President Benigno Aquino confirmed on 9 March that the Philippine Navy (PN) will lease Beechcraft TC-90 King Air advanced trainer aircraft from Japan to boost maritime security efforts.
The TC-90s will not be weaponised and are expected to feature only basic surveillance systems, but represent one of Japan’s first programmes to transfer military aircraft since the country lifted its defence export ban in 2014.
Speaking at the Fernando Air Force Base in Batangas, Aquino said that the Philippines will “lease from Japan five TC-90 training aircraft, which will help our navy to patrol our territory, particularly in the West Philippine Sea”. @janes.com
Provision of MSDF training aircraft May agreement
Japan, the Philippines two governments early May, solidified a policy of basic agreement for the provision of the Philippine military of the Maritime Self-Defense Force training aircraft “TC90”. Gen Nakatani and defense phase telephone conversation to confirm the Gazumin defense minister in two days. Both government officials revealed 29 days. If realized the transfer to other countries of the Self-Defense Forces machine, it will be the first case. Abe administration, by helping the security capacity building in the ocean of the Philippine military, hopes to put the brakes on the ocean expansion of China to advance the military bases of the South China Sea.
In the Philippines declined to presidential election on May 9. In order to pave the way to the donor under the current Aquino regime, it is judged that there is a need to be a basic agreement at an early stage.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has operated a total of 40 C90 and C90A King Airs, with deliveries beginning in 1973. These have been given various designations by the JMSDF and consist of 34 TC-90 trainers, five LC-90 transports and a single UC-90 which is configured for photographic aerial survey. The TC-90s and the UC-90 comprise the 202 Kyoiku Kokutai (Training Squadron) based at Tokushima, while the LC-90s are attached to various Lockheed P-3 Kokutai (Squadrons) and a NAMC YS-11 Kokutai as liaison aircraft. In late 2005 the JMSDF marked 500,000 accident-free flying hours of the TC-90 trainer fleet.
King Air C90GTi
- Crew: 1–2
- Capacity: 7 passengers maximum, depending on cabin configuration
- Length: 35 ft 6 in (10.82 m)
- Wingspan: 50 ft 3 in (15.32 m)
- Height: 14 ft 3 in (4.34 m)
- Wing area: 294 ft² (27 m²)
- Empty weight: 6,950 lb (3,150 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 10,100 lb (4,580 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135A turboprops, driving Hartzell Propeller HC-E4N-3N propellers, 550 shp (410 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 311 mph TAS (270 knots TAS, 500 km/h TAS)
- Cruise speed: 260 mph TAS (226 kts TAS, 416 km/h TAS)
- Stall speed: 90 mph (78 knots, 145 km/h) IAS (flaps down)
- Range: 1,530 miles (1,321 nm, 2,446 km)
- Service ceiling: 30,000ft (9,144 m)
- Rate of climb: 2,000 ft/min (10.2 m/s)
- Wing loading: 34.3 lb/ft² (170 kg/m²)
- Power/mass: 0.099 hp/lb (179 W/kg)