The Philippine Air Force (PAF) today received six units of Boeing Insitu ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from United States. The turn over was conducted at 250th Presidential Airlight Wing Hangar in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.
The Philippines acquired Boeing Insitu ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) through US foreign military financing with an estimated amount of U$13.76 million, the Air Force said. The UAVs are part of the UAS.
According to Boeing, ScanEagle UAV is launched autonomously by a catapult launcher and flies preprogrammed and operator-initiated missions. The patented SkyHook® recovery system is used for retrieval.
US Ambassador Sung Y. Kim presented the UAVs to National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. The six ScanEagle UAVs were then turned over to their end user, PAF 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing.
The Air Force said the ScanEagle UAS will further enhance operations of land, naval, and air forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“It is capable of several missions such as internal security operations, counter-terrorism, and limited maritime patrol,” PAF said. “More importantly, ScanEagle UAS can be utilized by the Philippine government for humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations since it is capable of assessing the extent of damage caused by disasters and calamities, as well as locate victims and survivors.”