PHL buying bigger drones to improve military intel capabilities

The Philippines is acquiring bigger drones and new technology to improve its military’s intelligence gathering capabilities, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told ANC’s Early Edition at the sidelines of the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue in an interview aired Tuesday.

“We are acquiring some technical capabilities. We are looking at face recognition software so it could be easy for us to track down the bad guys,” he said.

“We are also buying some drones, UAVs, the unmanned aerial vehicles. We have acquired some from the United States, the Scaneagle and the Americans in the south are still using the Shadows [UAV], small drones that have powerful signal capabilities. If our orders for bigger drones come, then it will improve our intelligence capabilities,” Secretary Lorenzana said.

In March this year, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) received Boeing Insitu ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) from United States through US foreign military financing.

“Intelligence capabilities are only as good as the people who manage them, interpret the data. We still need human intelligence, people who go down and see the things on the ground with their own two eyes and feel what’s happening on the ground and report to higher quarters,” he explained.