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US gov’t turns over 6 Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles to PAF


By Roy Mabasa

The United States government has turned over 6 ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) today.

EYE IN THE SKY – Philippine Air Force (PAF) officials look at a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) during the turnover rites at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City yesterday. Six ScanEagle AUVs were acquired by the PAF from the United States through military financing worth $13 million. They will be used for disaster response, internal security operations, limited maritime control, and counter-terrorism. (Czar Dancel)

(Czar Dancel)

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.”

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