PHL’s new military drone system to be operated out of Palawan air base

The newly acquired ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) will be operated by Philippine Air Force (PAF) 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing (AISW) out of Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, according to information provided by United States Embassy in Manila.

Earlier today, US Ambassador Sung Y. Kim and officials from the Joint US Military Assistance Group delivered the PHP 687 million ($13.2 million) system to PAF.

Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana received the ScanEagle UAS acquired through the Foreign Military Financing grant program in order to increase the Philippine military’s maritime domain awareness, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and counterterrorism capabilities, the US Embassy said.

“The Scan Eagle UAS will provide unmanned intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) 300 Air Intelligence and Security Wing (AISW), who will operate the aircraft out of Antonio Bautista Air Base, Palawan,” the US Embassy said.

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“The transfer of the Scan Eagle to the ‘unmanned’ ISR group and the transfer of the two Cessna 208Bs in July 2017 to the ‘manned’ ISR group represent our strong commitment to enhance the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Ambassador Kim said.