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December 16, 2013

Department of National Defense to acquire drones

The Department of National Defense (DND) are set to acquire drones to bolster the Philippine Marine’s surveillance, security, and search rescue operations in the country.

The DND’s Php684 million Marine Forces Imagery and Targeting Support System Acquisition Project lists six unmanned aerial vehicles in addition to nine sets of target acquisition device sub-systems, 12 kits of tactical sensor integration sub-systems, and an integrated logistics support package to be acquired. These will be used by three Marine brigades in Sulu, Central Mindanao and Palawan.

UAV drones
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Mind you that these drones won’t be fair weather flyers like the Parrot AR Drone and other DIY drones that you see on the internet. These are more likely to be small and lightweight, hand-launched types that can operate in harsh environments. One example is the RQ-11B Raven by Aerovironment which was featured in the 2012 movie Act of Valor.

“It will serve as our eye in the sky without the risk of personnel casualty,” said Lt. Commander Gregory Fabic. “Since a drone has a camera, the area to be covered by reconnaissance operations will be wider. It can also help us detect missing persons.”

Companies can now start submitting their bids for the project with a deadline set on January 6, 2014.

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14 Responses to “Department of National Defense to acquire drones”

  1. Yikes... says:

    I just hope that they don’t get hacked and fall in the wrong hands.
    I mean, it did happen somewhere else.

  2. snowden says:

    as long as it doesn’t fly on Windows OS, our AFP drones will be okay…

  3. countrymouse says:

    great! sana nga wala lang kabalbalang mangyayari dito, walang anomalya, hindi overpriced.

  4. Justin says:

    Sus! Paglalaruan lang nila yan!

  5. Benchmark says:

    I hope it will be use talaga…baka naman kung kailan kailangan nang gamitin, sabihin, sira or walang charge. Hay ewan ko na lang.

  6. Dennis says:

    Sana lang magamit to ng maayos. Yung newly acquired and refurbished ships walang silbi nung Yolanda naka-dock lang sa Subic. Dumating nga sa Tacloban wala namang lamang supply.

  7. wew says:

    good job afp, un nga lang sana magamit talaga to hindi tulad nung mga binili nyung night vision goggles nung binisita ng media eh sira.take note brand new lng un.

  8. Real Gamer says:

    AR Drones: Taking your child’s remote controlled-plane toy to the next level

    I wonder how will these drones fare against the weather here in the Philippines…

  9. Real Gamer says:

    Those drones better use an encrypted transmission or else it can be hijacked by those hackers out there.

  10. wew says:

    ganu kalaking drones?sana ung tulad ng predator drone para astig hahaha

  11. Iyan Sommerset
    Twitter: iyansommerset
    says:

    They should just use those toy copters from Toy Kingdom.

  12. Ender's Game says:

    sus, e kung COMBAT BOOTS nga wala, drones pa! baka di pa nila alam kung ano yan! pwe!

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