Falco landmark

The Leonardo Falco, used by five operators worldwide including the UN, has now passed 15,000 operational hours.

Leonardo has announced its Falco UAV family has attained 15,000 operational flying hours. More than 50 examples have been used worldwide by five operators since its 2003 first flight, including the United Nations, which uses it in its MONUSCO peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The latest Falco Evo variant, which can carry up to 100kg (220lb) payload including Leonardo’s Osprey and Gabbiano UL radars or sensors from thirdparty providers, has been selected by two undisclosed customers in the Middle East and Gulf region. Leonardo claims to be the only company in Europe able to offer a complete “end-to-end” remotely piloted air system including its sensors, communications, mission management systems and ground control stations.