US Deploys Surveillance Drone in Mindanao

Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) drone.

Clark Freeport, Philippines, MINA — The US has deployed a Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) drone to Mindanao to augment surveillance operations against terrorists, Philstar reported, citing the US embassy on Monday.

The embassy said that “compared to current surveillance platforms used in the region, the Gray Eagle has a longer flight duration which will enable a larger area of reconnaissance and surveillance.”

“Over the past three years the US has provided the Philippines with assistance valued at over P15 billion, to establish better command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines),” it said.

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The embassy said that recent deliveries include a Raven tactical UAS and two Cessna-208B surveillance aircraft, as well as various munitions and weapons to support urgent defense and counterterrorism needs.

“The strong, long-standing military relationship with the Philippines enables the US to respond quickly to the AFP’s needs and to support the AFP’s modernization goals,” it added.

The US military and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have provided surveillance assistance to Filipino forces in the early stage of the siege in Marawi City by the Maute group and a faction of the Abu Sayyaf.   (T/RS5/RS1)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)

 

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