Selex ES un­manned aerial sys­tem to UN peace­keep­ing force


Selex ES, a Fin­mec­ca­nica com­pany, was awarded, a ser­vice agree­ment by the United Na­tions for the pro­vi­sion of un­manned aerial sys­tem (UAS) for three years with two op­tional years, in sup­port of the UN peace­keep­ing mis­sion (MONUSCO) in Congo through the use of the UAS and as­so­ci­ated en­ablers for in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing and sur­veil­lance op­er­a­tions.

It is the first time that the UN has con­tracted with a civil­ian op­er­a­tor to pro­vide un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle (UAV) tech­nol­ogy to aid in ex­e­cut­ing its unique hu­man­i­tar­ian man­date. Selex ES will be util­is­ing its pro­pri­etary Falco UAV sys­tem com­posed of mul­ti­ple re­motely-pi­loted air­craft ground con­trol sta­tions, sup­port equip­ment and lo­gis­tics.

The Falco is an un­armed, mis­sion-proven medium al­ti­tude, medium en­durance UAV able to op­er­ate from semi-pre­pared airstrips with fully au­to­mated take-off, land­ing and mis­sion ex­e­cu­tion ca­pa­bil­ity. Selex ES will de­ploy a highly ex­pe­ri­enced team of pi­lots, main­te­nance engi­neers and in­for­ma­tion an­a­lysts us­ing the most so­phis­ti­cated sen­sors and data ex­ploita­tion tools avail­able.

Selex ES has also signed a con­tract worth over €40 mil­lion to de­liver the sys­tem to a Mid­dle East coun­try. It will also pro­vide op­er­a­tional and main­te­nance sup­port to the cus­tomer for 12 months of the con­tract per­for­mance.

Cur­rently op­er­ated by a range of in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers in di­verse and ex­treme cli­mate and ge­o­graph­i­cal con­di­tions, the Falco sys­tem is a field-proven as­set that can be eas­ily in­te­grated within ex­ist­ing air man­age­ment in­fra­struc­tures and is de­liv­ered to its cus­tomers with a com­pre­hen­sive set of op­er­a­tional and lo­gis­tic sup­port ser­vices in­clud­ing pi­lots, sen­sors and me­chan­i­cal op­er­a­tors train­ing, ad­vanced lo­gis­tic sup­port, bat­tle­lab sim­u­la­tors for CONOPS de­vel­op­ment.

A com­pre­hen­sive suite of pay­loads, in­clud­ing AESA radar and elec­tro-op­tic tur­rets, equip Falco to per­form a 24x7 all-weather wide range of mis­sions. It fea­tures ramp take-off, fully au­to­matic short take-off and land­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and day/night flight and nav­i­ga­tion, plus a NATO-com­pli­ant ground con­trol sta­tion en­abling mis­sion plan­ning, re-task­ing and data ex­ploita­tion.

“We wel­come this new con­tract for our field proven Falco UAS that con­firms the op­er­a­tional re­li­a­bil­ity and per­for­mance of the sys­tem, from the sen­sors to the mis­sion sys­tem, de­liv­er­ing out­stand­ing 24x7 all-weather, day and night sur­veil­lance,” said Fabrizio Gi­u­lian­ini, CEO of Selex ES, adding: “This year has been an ex­cit­ing year for our UAS ca­pa­bil­ity, thanks to fol­low-on con­tracts for our un­manned sur­veil­lance ser­vice busi­ness, flight cam­paigns of our top of the range Falco EVO and the ac­qui­si­tion of a launch cus­tomer for our plat­form ag­nos­tic SkyISTAR mis­sion sys­tem.”

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