PH Navy eyes anti-drone technology

RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 03 2019 10:32 PM

ZAMBOANGA CITY - A top Philippine military official said Wednesday they are proposing the procurement of anti-drone technology following a drone attack on oil processing facilities in Saudi Arabia last month.

Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, the flag officer-in-command of the Philippine Navy, said they need anti-drone technology to protect military facilities, camps, and even ships.

“This is the future threat, 'yung drones can attack facilities. Nakakatakot na biglang atakahin ng drones yung mga bagong barko or where our munitions are located. Kapag tinira, mabigat, malaki ang damage. And even our camps and bases it should be protected,” Empedrad said during the 23rd anniversary celebration of Naval Forces Western Mindanao.

"Mayroong pino-propose ang Israel, UK, and even Russia how to protect our infrastructure from possible drone attacks," he added.

He said they have drafted a proposal for the procurement of the counter-drone technology, which can detect and prevent unauthorized drones from entering a restricted military facility.

“Mayroon na tayong proposal. The Air Force came up with the proposal. Either gayahin namin yun, or we also have our proposal, but we, check namin kung sino ang mag-fit sa requirements namin,” Empedrad said.

Empedrad said the military still doesn’t have the capability to effectively counter drone attacks.

“Visual lang muna, meron naman tayong mga gun, that can destroy incoming drones, so we just have to alert, para kung makakita tayo na palapit na drones na nakita sa radar, we can hit that drone using automatic weapons," he said.