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Falcon UAS

Selex ES has been awarded a contract for the supply of its Falco tactical unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to an undisclosed Middle East customer.

Announced during the ongoing Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London, UK, the €40m contract covers delivery of the Falco system along with operational and maintenance support to the customer for the next year.

Selex ES CEO Fabrizio Giulianini said, ”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 24/7 all weather, day and night surveillance.”

A medium altitude, medium endurance UAV, Falco is designed to support reconnaissance, surveillance and other defence and security missions through supply of a net-centric command and control with a tactical overview of the operational scenario and real time target cueing in all-weather conditions.

Besides ramp takeoff, fully automatic short takeoff and landing capabilities and day/night flight and navigation, the combat-proven UAV also features a Nato-compliant ground control station (GCS) that enables mission planning, re-tasking and data exploitation.

Additional components of the drone that can operate in both manual and in fully automatic mode, include a comprehensive suite of payloads comprising an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and electro optic turrets, self-protection equipment and electronic support measures (ESM).

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"Falco is designed to support reconnaissance, surveillance and other defence and security missions."

The system is delivered with a set of operational and logistic support services, such as pilots, sensors and mechanical operators training, advanced logistic support, battlelab simulators for concept of operations (CONOPS) development, which facilitates easier integration within the customer’s existing air management infrastructures.

Falco UAV is currently operated by several international customers, including the Pakistan Air Force (PAF,) in diverse and extreme climate and geographical conditions.

The number of units ordered and the contract’s delivery schedule remain undisclosed.

Image: Selex’s Falco UAV system being displayed during the 2009 Paris Air Show. Photo: courtesy of Georges Seguin (Okki).

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