JAPAN HAS delivered the final three of a batch of five ex-Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Beechcraft TC-90 King Air aircraft which are being donated to the Philippine Navy. On March 26 they flew in to Sangley Point, Cavite City, where they were welcomed with a formal arrival and transfer ceremony at the headquarters of the Philippine Naval Air Group (NAG) in the presence of high-ranking officials from both countries.
The aircraft comprised 6825 (c/n LJ-1337), 6826 (c/n LJ-1338) and 6827 (c/n LJ-1339), all still wearing JMSDF colours and serials. All were previously based at Tokushima and flown by the JMSDF’s 202 Kyoiku/Kyoiku Kokugun Tokushima. As previously reported on Warnsey’s World, the first two of the five aircraft, 6822 (c/n LJ-1146 and 6824 (c/n LJ-1336), had arrived at Sangley Point on March 27, 2017.
After the first of the initial two King Airs had been fitted with new navigation and maritime surveillance equipment, as well as undergoing a number of other upgrades, it was inducted into service on November 21 at Sangley Point with new serial 390. The second to be completed became serial 392 and was formally commissioned into service on March 19 this year at Sangley Point. The tie-up between the old JMSDF and new Philippine serials for these two has not yet been confirmed. All five will be used for maritime surveillance patrols.