US drone recovered in Philippines



Manila: The Philippine Navy Monday said an unmanned aerial vehicle made in the US was recovered off the waters of the central province of Masbate, Xinhua reported.

Capt. Rommel Jason Galang, deputy commander of the Naval Forces Southern Luzon, said the US-made drone, model BQM-74E, was found floating near Ticao island by fishermen Sunday and was initially mistaken for a bomb.

Philippine Navy officials, however, could not say why the drone was in the area and when it actually crashed.

The BQM-74e is a turbojet-powered aerial target. It is primarily used to emulate enemy anti-ship cruise missiles and simulate aircraft for training naval aviators in air-to-air combat.

IANS