Leonardo’s Falco exceed 15,000 flying hours
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.