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Army allots P1.5M for dev’t of its own drone

The Army is presently developing its own unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone as part of its efforts to boost its capability.
Capt. Anthony Bacus, acting chief Army Public Affairs, said the Army has allotted P1.5 million for the development of its UAV, actually the third “drone” for the command.
“The Army is now developing a third drone, it’s more high end, costs P1.5 million. It will be an enhanced version of the first two drones combined,” Bacus said.
The Army’s first drone was called “Raptor” which cost only P150,000 while the second was the “Knight Falcon” which cost P300,000.
Bacus said normally a UAV costs P5 million.
The Army cited the significance of UAVs in conducting operations against enemies of the State, particularly during the Zamboanga City siege laid by more than 300 members of the Moro National Liberation Front faction of Nur Misuari.
Aside from its significant contribution during combat missions, the UAVs are also being used during humanitarian operations.
The Army UAV, Bacus said, provides real time imagery intelligence and video feed from a particular area with a range of three to seven kilometers and can extend up to 50 kilometers.
“It complements the existing human intelligence or signal intelligence capability of the Army which is used in surveillance operations and also in humanitarian assistance and disaster response,” Bacus said.
The Army UAVs were among the equipment showcased by the command during the 78th anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Camp Aguinaldo. The Army also displayed its Garmin Global Positioning System and 100mm mortar.
Other new military equipment displayed were the three brand-new Agusta Westland 109 combat utility helicopters of the Navy, along with their rigid hull inflatable boat, the Sokol choppers and new military trucks.

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