Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a service agreement by the United Nations for the provision of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) to support the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The three-year deal with an option to extend by a further two years involves the deployment of UAS, consisting of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) 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 UAV technology to aid the execution of its unique humanitarian mandate.
Selex ES will be utilizing its proprietary FALCO UAV system, which is composed of:
- Multiple remotely piloted aircraft
- Ground control stations
- Support equipment and
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.
It is employed by numerous nations around the world and has proven itself in a variety of environmental conditions, according to Selex.
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.