Japan has agreed to supply the Philippines with a wide range of spare parts to support the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF’s) Bell UH-1H helicopters. The decision is in line with Tokyo’s efforts to promote its viability as a defence exporter.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA) said that the decision was communicated to the Philippines on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue on 2 June. ATLA said it will supply the components free of charge.
ATLA did not elaborate on the development but Jane’s understands that the Philippines submitted a request to procure the spare parts in August 2017.
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