• Spy planes in progress

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    A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Lockheed P-3C Orion patrol aircraft is pictured on the tarmac before taking off as part of a joint training exercise with the Philippines Air Force, at the Antonio Bautista Airbase in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.  AFP PHOTO

    A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Lockheed P-3C Orion patrol aircraft is pictured on the tarmac before taking off as part of a joint training exercise with the Philippines Air Force, at the Antonio Bautista Airbase in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. AFP PHOTO

    THE Department of National Defense on Thursday confirmed reports that it is planning to acquire a P-3C patrol aircraft from Japan to boost the military’s capabilities especially in monitoring the nation’s maritime boundaries.

    “We can confirm that. We are interested to get a P3,” Peter Paul Galvez, spokesman for the DND, said.

    “We are looking if it will become an excess defense article…If it becomes an excess defense article, then we can get it a very low price or acquire it at a very reasonable price that is advantageous to the government,” Galvez added.

    Several P3-C Orion aircraft from Japan’s Self Defense Force are participating in ongoing military exercises in Palawan.

    The aircraft, together with a Philippine Navy Islander spotter plane, conducted a joint patrol exercise near the Recto (Reed) Bank off the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

    The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft developed for the United States Navy and introduced in the 1960s.

    It is still in use by numerous navies and air forces around the world, primarily for maritime patrol, reconnaissance an anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare.

    The US Navy’s remaining P-3C aircraft will eventually be replaced by the P-8A Poseidon, which recently gained prominence after its flight over the West Philippine Sea was challenged by the Chinese Navy.

    Aside from the Orion aircraft, Galvez said the DND is also eyeing to acquire helicopters from Japan.

    “The advantage of a P3 if it materializes is that its engine is the same as the engine of the C-130 [Hercules] so it is easy to absorb,” he pointed out.

    The Philippine Air Force currently operates at least three C-130 aircraft for its medium to heavy lift requirements.

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    1. Kale Alaskador on

      More “commissions” in the acquisition of these “spy” planes which will most probably not be used but just bought and left to rust. Just imagine the operating and maintenance expenses need for this type of aircraft. And for what purpose? We do not need a spy plane to patrol our coastlines! We need watercraft! Maybe the use of pilotless drones will be more economical. But that’s another issue.

      • we need more jet fighters and MPACs with missiles. may P3 pero wala naman jet fighters so whats the use. mga bobo talaga.

    2. P3C Orion are the best solution for MPA for the WPS Patrols,but it should be furnish with ASuw AND ASW capabilities.if the US blocks such JMSDF offer to us;better cancel our VFA and Defence Treaty with Uncle Sam.revealing its true intent not to defend our country in case of Chinese intrusion in our EEZ.The 4-6 Orions we expect from Japan is a great boast to our Modernization and much better if Japan provide us with additional Surface Combatant for our Maritime watch like the Yaburi class Destroyer escort of which they already decommission and the Hatsuyuki DD.A 3-3 units of this are big boast to our maritime missions at WPS.much better if Japan includes 12 BRAND NEW Missile armed Patrol boats of the Habayusa class.

      • puro kayo balak, kulang sa katuparan, puro kayo dakdak, bilisan nyong kumilos para may mangyari sa modernisasyon nyo, hindi puro bulok ang binibili nyo