Why the Philippines' New US Drones Matter

Philippine Air Force acquires ScanEagle UAVs

Philippine Air Force acquires ScanEagle UAVs

The six Boeing Insitu ScanEagle drones, which have two cameras and can operate for up to 24 hours on a single run, were financed through a $13.7-million grant from Washington's foreign military assistance program, Reuters reported.

One of the examples of this had been the Boeing Insitu ScanEagle UAVs for the Philippines, which had been in the works since a year ago as well and was acquired through foreign military financing.

The grant is estimated at $13.76 million (P716.20 million)*, drawn from U.S. funds allocated for its regional allies.

"This acquisition of ScanEagle is one way to modernize the military to deter those who want to wage war against our country", Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said at a ceremony at a Manila air force base, attended by the US ambassador.

PAF commanding general Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr. said it was the first unmanned aerial system acquired by the air force which will further enhance the military's ground, air and naval capability particularly for the internal security operations, counter-terrorism as well as in maritime patrolling.

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.

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