With US help, Air Force acquires unmanned aerial vehicles

Philippine Air Force acquires ScanEagle UAVs

Philippine Air Force acquires ScanEagle UAVs

On Tuesday, the United States officially handed over six Boeing Insitu ScanEagle drones to the Philippines in a ceremony held at the Philippine Air Force headquarters at Villamor Air Base.

"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 USA ambassador.

According to Ambassador Kim, "this great system will increase counterterrorism and HADR capabilities".

"Apart from the national military objectives, the PAF extends the use of the ScanEagle UAVs to different departments of the government in order to support national development activities such as anti-illegal logging, aerial survey and anti-dynamite fishing", he said.

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

"This new asset has a state-of-the-art technology that makes it capable of conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); special services operations; escort operations; sea-lane and convoy protection; protection of high-value and secure installations; as well as high-speed wireless voice video and data communications relay", he said.