Leonardo’s Falco ex­ceed 15,000 fly­ing hours

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - World Aviation & Defence News -

Leonardo’s Falco fam­ily of Re­motely-Pi­loted Air Ve­hi­cles (RPAS) have col­lec­tively logged more than 15,000 hours of op­er­a­tional flight. Since its maiden flight in 2003, more than 50 Falco fam­ily RPAS have gone into op­er­a­tion around the world with five cus­tomers. While some users choose to op­er­ate the sur­veil­lance and in­tel­li­gence-gath­er­ing plat­form in­de­pen­dently, oth­ers opt for Leonardo to own and op­er­ate its own Falco air­craft and pro­vide sur­veil­lance data as an air ser­vice provider. This lat­ter model is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar, with a ref­er­ence cus­tomer be­ing the United Na­tions. Leonardo has flown Falco RPAS for thou­sands of hours over its first four years of sup­port for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s hu­man­i­tar­ian MONUSCO mis­sion.

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