US confirms ownership of non-surveillance target drone

United States confirmed that it owns the target drone found by fishermen in Sitio Katakian, Barangay Busdak, Patnanungan, Quezon.

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines has confirmed with US counterparts that the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was found by local fishermen off Polilio island in Quezon on Sunday, January 4 is a US Navy aerial target drone,” AFP says in a statement released on its official website.

It added that “the drone with serial number BQ55079 is a Northrop BQM-74E Chukar that is used to simulate enemy missiles and aircraft during naval exercises.”

“As of this time, there are no bilateral military exercises between the Philippines and the US that employ this type of training equipment,” AFP noted. “We would like to assure the public that this type of drone is not a surveillance equipment contrary to the claims of some quarters.”

The said target done “was launched during naval exercise Valiant Shield 2014 which took place Sept. 15-23 in the waters off Guam,” US Embassy in Manila said in a statement.