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US set to deliver Philippines’ ScanEagle UAVs

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana disclosed on Tuesday, July 4 that the United States government is expected to deliver ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) before the year ends.

The revelation was made by the defense chief along with the confirmation that a Philippine C-130 picked up aircraft munitions from Arizon, United States.
“Eventually, they told us that they are now ready to deliver. So they might deliver to us the Scan Eagle-type sometime September or October,” Secretary Lorenzana said as quoted by Philippine Star.
ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing. It is a small, long-endurance, low-altitude reconnaissance UAV and part of the ScanEagle UAS.

Boeing said the UAV is launched autonomously by a catapult launcher and flies pre-programmed and operator-initiated missions. “The patented SkyHook® recovery system is used for retrieval,” Boeing noted.
Last June, Naval Air Systems Command of the United States Navy released a solicitation document for the procurement of undisclosed number of ScanEagle from Insitu for the Philippine government with estimated value of $13.5M.
The contract involves ScanEagle UAVs, spares, support equipment, tools, training, and support services.
The document also revealed that Philippines has previously procured ScanEagle UAS.
Meanwhile, IHS Jane’s estimated that with the mentioned estimated value, the Philippines will be getting 15 UAVs.
“Based on the procurements of other nations – in 2014 Yemen signed for a system of 12 ScanEagle vehicles for USD11 million – the Philippines’ follow-on system is likely to be made up of about 15 vehicles,” said IHS Jane’s.


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