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PAF gets 4 drone systems from U.S.

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The United States government handed over four ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems to the Philippine Air Force (PAF), the U.S. Embassy said Thursday.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and PAF commanding general Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes received the equipment from Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim Heather Variava, other officials from the U.S. Embassy, visiting U.S. Indo-Pacific Command chief Adm. John Aquilino during a ceremony at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on Wednesday.

The drone systems, worth $200 million, will provide additional capabilities in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations and support for counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief efforts, the embassy said.

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

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