By Roy Mabasa
The United States government has turned over 6 ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) today.
The ScanEagle UAV was acquired through a foreign military financing grant from the US. The grant is estimated at P716.20 million ($13.76 million).
ScanEagle is a mini unmanned air vehicle developed by Insitu and Boeing at the Phantom Works facility.
Its missions include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); special services operations; escort operations; sea-lane and convoy protection; protection of high-value and secure installations; and high-speed wireless voice, video and data communications relay.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US ambassador Sung Kim were present at the turnover ceremony held at the PAF headquarters in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.
According to Ambassador Kim, “this great system will increase counterterrorism and HADR capabilities.”