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US boosts PH maritime surveillance capability

March 13, 2018 12:03 PM
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UNITED States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim yesterday turned over P687 million ($13.2 million) worth of Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana to enhance the Philippines’ intelligence and surveillance capabilities.

During a transfer ceremony at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, Kim and officials from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group delivered the UAS to the Philippine Air Force 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 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), which will operate the aircraft out of Antonio Bautista Air Base, Palawan. 300 AISW is the AFP’s leading unit for air ISR operations.

Kim said, “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.”


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