USA gov't turns over 6 Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles to PAF

Federico Mansilla
Marcha 13, 2018

Though the official handover merely formalized an arrangement that had already been in the works since a year ago, it nonetheless was significant as both a contribution to the Philippines' still-limited military capabilities as well as an indicator of the continuing defense cooperation underway in the U.S.

That has continued on under Duterte in spite of the challenges he has posed to the alliance.

The United States handed over six surveillance drones to its ally the Philippines on Tuesday, as part of efforts to boost its ability to tackle a growing threat from Islamist militants and to respond to natural disasters. Just $5 a month.

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Lorenzana thanked the U.S. government for its continuous assistance to the Philippines particularly in acquiring weapons and defense equipment as well as service and military training. Since then, some training for Philippine personnel had in fact already been occurring, and initial deliveries had already begun as well.

The United States government has turned over 6 ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) today.

Present during the turnover and blessing ceremony of the equipment were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, PAF officers and Colonel Ernest Lee, chief of the Joint US Military Assistance Group in the Philippines, as well as other US embassy representatives.

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