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Japan donating Beechcraft TC-90 aircraft to Philippines
by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017


Japan is donating five Beechcraft TC-90 training aircraft to the Philippines to help the country protect its coasts, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.

Two of the aircraft are currently being leased by the Philippines while the remaining three aircraft were scheduled for lease.

The newspaper quoted the Japanese ministry of defense as saying the donation will take effect in March of next year.

A change in law made during the last ordinary session of parliament led to the deal. The amendment helps facilitate the Japanese government to donate equipment to developing allied nations.

Nikkei reported that the Philippines previously had a leasing agreement set up with Japan, but that it recently asked to take the aircraft for free.

The Philippines is in a dispute with China over small islands and shoals in the South China Sea. China has occupied several and built military facilities on them.

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Thales producing more Airbus flight simulators for Germany, France
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Thales will manufacture and deliver additional training simulators for Airbus' A400M transport and refueling aircraft to France and Germany, under an agreement between the two companies. The A400M simulators - the seventh and eighth by Thales - will be delivered to the French and German air forces in 2019 and 2020, Thales said in a news release Tuesday. "Thales is proud to have ... read more

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