Falco EVO com­pletes maiden flight

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The Army Pro­gram Man­ager for Un­manned Air­craft Sys­tems has awarded AAI a $358 mil­lion con­tract to fur­nish a fleet of 45 up­graded RQ-7B

Selex Galileo has suc­cess­fully per­formed the maiden flight of its lat­est mem­ber of the mar­ket leader Falco tac­ti­cal un­manned aerial sys­tem (TUAS) fam­ily, dubbed Falco EVO.

The Falco EVO has a pay­load ca­pac­ity of up to 100 kg and an ex­tended en­durance of up 18 hours. It has flown ex­cep­tion­ally well in its maiden flight and has ex­pe­ri­enced a smooth touch down af­ter 40 min­utes in the sky.

The Falco EVO is an up­size ver­sion of the Selex Galileo’s suc­cess­ful Falco UAS, which is now in ser­vice with 4 in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers and has de­liv­ered quite ef­fec­tive mis­sions and proven ex­tremely re­li­able in op­er­a­tion.

“Be­cause the Falco EVO adopts the air­frame, avion­ics and engine con­fig­u­ra­tion from the ex­ist­ing Falco, the new UAS is al­ready show­ing it­self to be a re­mark­ably ro­bust plat­form,” said Fabrizio Bog­giani, Selex Galileo’s mar­ket­ing lead for the Falco UAS, adding: “We’re look­ing for­ward to it be­ing em­braced by the mar­ket just as the Falco has been so far.”

The Falco EVO can in­te­grate a vast range of pay­loads that are al­ready in use on other Falco air­craft. It is also fully com­pat­i­ble and in­ter­op­er­a­ble with the cur­rent Falco-fam­ily ground con­trol seg­ment, fur­ther boost­ing a cus­tomer’s abil­ity to per­form per­sis­tent sur­veil­lance.

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