Patnanungan Municipal Police recovers a BQM-74E, a United States Navy target drone at Sitio Katakian, Barangay Busdak, Patnanungan town, Quezon at around 4 p.m. of January 4, 2015. The said drone has a serial number BQ55079.
Currently, the target drone is in the custody of Patnanungan Police. This is a second reported recovery of a US Navy drone within Philippine territory.
The first time was last January 2013 at Sitio Tacdugan, San Jacinto, Masbate. US Embassy in Manila said that the target drone recovered in Masbate was deployed several months ago in Guam during a US Naval exercise.
BQM-74s are primarily used as aerial target during simulation. These target drones are capable of simulating enemy threats for gunnery and missile training exercises.