US Transfers Six Surveillance Drones to Philippines

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 13, 2018

The US handed over six surveillance drones to its ally the Philippines on Tuesday.

Lorenzana thanked the United States government for its continuous assistance to the Philippines particularly in acquiring weapons and defense equipment as well as service and military training.

A Philippine Air Force officer stands next to a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, on its launcher, during the turn-over ceremonies of 6 ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at the military airbase in Manila on Tuesday.

The Philippines plans to deploy the drones for surveillance against militants and pirates, and for surveying the aftermath of disasters like typhoons, mudslides and earthquakes. The event was attended by U.S. and Philippine diplomatic and defense personnel including Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, and JUSMAG-Philippines Chief US Army Colonel Ernest C. Lee.

"This collaboration is also an indication of the Philippines and the United States' goodwill, deep friendship and genuine commitment to peace". Though the official handover merely formalized an arrangement that had already been in the works since previous year, 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.

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