Jan 10, 2015
Philippines to buy two C-130 transport planes from US Navy
Washington has been helping develop the military capability of its former colony in the face of serious security challenges in the South China Sea, as China steps up its presence in disputed areas.
China claims almost all of the sea, believed to be rich in mineral and oil-and-gas deposits.
Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines also have claims on the waters.
The transport planes, to be delivered early next year, will take to five the number of mission-ready C-130s.