PH Air Force acquires 6 reconnaissance drones from US

Image from Amb. Kim Sung's Twitter post
  • The PAF has acquired 6 UAVs from the United States
  • The drones were funded through a military financing grant worth $13.76-M
  • It will be used in disaster response and humanitarian assistance, among others

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has acquired six (6) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the United States through a military financing grant estimated to be worth $13.76 million (P712-M).

The 6 Boeing Insitu ScanEagle reconnaissance drones are expected to boost the PAF’s ground, air and naval operations and will be the first time in the Philippine military history to utilize such kind of equipment.

The turn-over and acceptance ceremony was held on Tuesday, March 13, at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. It was witnessed by US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

In a statement, Ambassador Kim reiterated Washington’s commitment to sustaining the US government’s military and civilian partnerships with its allies to counter violent extremism and terrorism.

“This great system will increase counter-terrorism and HADR (humanitarian and disaster response) capabilities,” said Kim on Twitter.

For his part, Lorenzana said the latest acquisition is a sign of “goodwill, deep friendship, and genuine commitment to peace” between the two allies.

“This acquisition of ScanEagle is one way to deter to those who want to wage war in the country,” Lorenzana added.

The PAF is expected to use the UAVs in humanitarian assistance and disaster response, as well as in damage assessment in the aftermath of a disaster and calamity.