U.S. drone recovered in C. Philippines

2013-01-07 09:25:05 GMT2013-01-07 17:25:05(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MANILA, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine Navy confirmed on Monday that an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made in the United States was recovered off the waters of the central Philippine province of Masbate.

Capt. Rommel Jason Galang, deputy commander of the Naval Forces Southern Luzon, said the U.S.-made drone, a model BQM-74E, was found floating near Ticao Island by local fishermen on 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 off the coast of Masbate.

The BQM-74e is turbojet-powered aerial target. Its primary mission is to emulate enemy anti-ship cruise missile and simulate aircraft for training naval aviators in air-to-air combat, among others.

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