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PH Air Force acquires unmanned aerial system from US
One of the six Scaneagle drones delivered by US Ambassador Sung Kim to the Philippine government lead by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force acquired ScanEagle unmanned aerial system from the United States of America.
On Tuesday, March 13, the six new drones were formally turned over to the Philippines by US ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Scaneagle drones will be used in the troops’ internal security operations, counter-terrorism and maritime patrol.
“This acquisition of ScanEagle is one way to modernize the military to deter those who want to wage war against our country,” said Lorenzana to Reuters.
Lorenzana added that the drones will also be utilized to improve the government’s response before and after typhoons and other natural disasters particularly in estimating the areas damaged by calamities or even the locations of victims and survivors.
They can also help authorities curb illegal logging and illegal fishing activities through aerial surveys.
The units, which come as part of one system, are equipped with two cameras and can stay in the air for a maximum of 24 hours.
The two officials also believe that the drones represent the strength of the Philippine-US partnership in terms of defense capability enhancement.
“We profoundly desire to maintain our strong connection and camaraderie with the United States as well as to expand common interest and handle differences with understanding and respect,” said Lorenzana.
“Assets like ScanEagle will significantly improve AFP’s (Armed Forces of the Philippines) ability to detect terrorist activities, piracy activities and territory encroachments, ” said the US ambassador.
The six drones were financed through a $13.7 million grant from the US’s foreign military assistance program. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
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