Thursday, September 17, 2015
Philippine News Agency  --The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday confirmed that the country is interested 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," National Defense spokesperson Dr. Peter Paul Galvez said.

Japan Kawasaki P1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft

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 P-3Cs.

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

He also admitted that the P-3C transfer was mention in passing during the June visit of President Benigno S. Aquino III to Japan. (PNA)


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