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Philippines Orders Three New Army Transport Planes

The Philippines will purchase three new C-130J-30 Tremendous Hercules planes for its air drive, the protection ministry stated Tuesday, almost doubling its fleet for giant transport plane.

The acquisition — a part of a modest army modernization program that started greater than a decade in the past — comes as its longtime US ally seeks to counter China’s rising assertiveness within the South China Sea.

Philippine forces are additionally combating a lingering communist insurgency and armed militants in its Muslim-populated south.

“The addition of the C-130J-30 to the stock is a major leap ahead when it comes to attaining a reputable defence posture,” the protection ministry stated in a press release that didn’t disclose the worth of the deal.

US producer Lockheed Martin has been contracted to ship two of the plane in 2026 and the third in January 2027, the assertion stated.

The new planes can carry as much as 128 fight troops or 92 paratroopers every.

Lockheed Martin’s web site described the mannequin as an “reasonably priced” and “stretch model” of its C-130J, with a most payload of almost 20 tonnes.

The Philippine Air Pressure presently operates 4 C-130 planes, an older model of the airlifter, a spokeswoman instructed AFP.