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04:41 PM, March 13, 2018
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Philippines Receives Scan Eagle UAVs Via US Grant. Image: Rappler.com

The United States handed over six ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) through a foreign military financing grant, in a ceremony held on March 13, at the Villamor Air Base, the PAF headquarters in Pasay City.

The grant is estimated at $13.76 million (P716.20 million), drawn from US funds allocated for its regional allies, Rappler reports.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US ambassador Sung Kim were present at the ceremony.

"It is capable of performing several missions such as internal security operations, counter-terrorism, and limited maritime patrol," said Major Aristides Galang, PAF spokesperson.

Galang added that it may also be used in humanitarian assistance and disaster response, assessing damage caused by disasters and calamities.

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