US supplying Philippines with 8 ScanEagle drones

The United States Navy Naval Air Systems Command has contracted Insitu Inc. for the supply of 34 ScanEagle unmanned air vehicles for the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia.; Philippines, and Vietnam worth $47,930,791 through Foreign Military Sales funds, US Department of Defense in a statement on May 31.

The Philippines will be getting 8 of the 34 UAVs.

“In addition, this order provides for spare payloads, spare and repair parts, support equipment, tools, training, technical services, and field service representatives,” US Department of Defense said.

It noted that work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (77 percent); and multiple shore and at sea locations in Malaysia (9 percent); Philippines (5 percent); Vietnam (5 percent); and Indonesia (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2022. 

The US government, in March 2018, turned over a Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) worth PhP687 million ($13.2 million) system to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) through Foreign Military Financing grant program.