PHL thanks US for support in acquiring state-of-the-art drones

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana expressed gratitude to United States government for its support to Department of National Defense (DND) in modernizing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during the turn over of Boeing Insitu ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) with six ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

“This new asset has a state-of-the-art technology that makes it capable of conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; 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,” Lorenzana said.

ScanEagle UAS is composed of drones, trailer-mounted launcher, and a recovery system. 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.

Secretary Lorenzana said DND is grateful to US government for consistently helping the Philippines in purchasing weapons and defense equipment as well as in acquiring defense services and military training through the US foreign military financing (FMF) program.

“It is through FMF that our acquisition of the ScanEagle UAV was made possible,” he said.

The ScanEagle UAS will be operated by Philippine Air Force 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing.