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The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received four ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UAS) from the U.S. military, the U.S. Embassy announced Thursday.

The UAS units worth 20 million pesos were handed over to the PAF at Clark Air Bases in Pampanga on 13 October.

The drones were personally received by Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana and PAF Commander Lieutenant General Allen Paredes.

Acting Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Heather Variava joined Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, and representatives from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) from the U.S. Embassy. United in the Philippines to deliver the drones to the PAD.

The donated drones are expected to provide the Philippines with additional unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities and bolster counter-terrorism, humanitarian and disaster relief efforts.

It will also increase the domain awareness and border security capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“We remain committed to our promises to help modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and we hope this will further strengthen our combined capabilities to work together towards a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Variava said.

The embassy said the United States was providing AFP with grant aid and accelerated arms and ammunition sales to support its modernization goals and urgent needs in maritime security, countermeasures terrorism and humanitarian assistance, as well as disaster relief.

The Philippines is by far the largest recipient of US military aid in the Indo-Pacific region, according to the embassy.

Since 2015, the United States has delivered more than 50.6 billion pesos ($1.06 billion) of aircraft, ships, armored vehicles, small arms and other military equipment to the Philippines, all training side by side with our Filipino allies, he added.

Sharon P. Juarez