The newly acquired Boeing Insitu ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is able to provide real-time information 24/7, Philippine Air Force (PAF) commanding general Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard R. Kintanar Jr. said during the turn over of said drone system on March 13.
“It will provide real-time information 24/7 whenever it flies. As such, it will come in handy during tactical combat operations, in our fight against terrorism, that will enable military commanders to make timely, informed and accurate decisions,” Lieutenant General Kintanar said.
“The ScanEagle will give situational awareness in our maritime areas when employed for limited maritime patrol. It will provide rapid damage assessment and needs analysis in the immediate aftermath of a typhoon, fire or earthquake, which will pave way to faster and more responsive humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.” he added.
“The ScanEagle will also prove useful in monitoring our mountains and littoral areas, which will aid the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the performance of their mandates,” he noted.
A ScanEagle system is consisting of drones, catapult launcher, and a recovery system.
PAF’s ScanEagle will be operated by the 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing.