US has deployed Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to Philippines in a bid to do more surveillance activities in support of the Philippine military’s counterterrorism operations in Mindanao.
“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,” the US Embassy said.
It can endure 25 hours of operations, and has a service ceiling of 29,000 feet.
“Over the past three years the U.S. has provided the Philippines with assistance valued at over Php15 billion, to establish better command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities for the AFP,” the US Embassy said.
“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,” it added.