UH-1H “Huey” Parts, Equipment Donated by Japan to Arrive in the First Quarter of 2019

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The highly anticipated donation from the Japanese government will soon arrive in the first quarter of 2019. Japan will turn-over the UH-1H “Huey” spare parts and maintenance equipment donation to the Philippine government.

The Japanese donation to the Philippines was diclosed by Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong in a statement over the weekend.

“Following the Exchange of Notes, the DND and the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) will coordinate and finalize the details and schedule of the transfer. The actual turnover of the first batch of spare parts and equipment is tentatively scheduled in the first quarter of next year,” Andolong said.

According to Andolong the spare parts and equipment will be used for the Philippine Air Force’s current compliment of UH-1H helicopters being used for humanitarian assistance and disaster response, transport, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

The Philippine Air Force is best known in Asia to operate 20 to 40 types of the “Huey” helicopter, which became popular during the Vietnam war and considered as the primary transport vehicle of the US Armed Forces in Vietnam.

Aside from the Huey equipment and spare parts, Japan and the Philippines signed an exchange of notes for two Official Development Assistance projects geared towards rehabilitating the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 and enhancing defense capabilities of the AFP.

In Tokyo’s grant aid for Philippine defense enhancement, Japan will be allotting some 10.68 billion yen (at least PHP5 billion) worth of spare parts and maintenance equipment of UH-1H helicopters to the PAF consisting of the following categories: airframe structure; dynamic power system, control system; rotor system; hydraulic system; electrical system; instrument system; accessory equipment, among others.

On the country’s mass transport system, Japan’s grant aid involves a 38-billion yen (around PHP17.79 billion) loan for MRT3’s complete rehabilitation.

Source: PNA

Ed Umbao

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