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Middle East country orders Falco unmanned aerial system

Sept. 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

BASILDON, England, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Selex ES' Falco unmanned aerial system and 12 months of operational and maintenance support, have been ordered by a Middle East country.

The deal is worth nearly $63.5 million, the company 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," said Fabrizio Giulianini, chief executive officer of Selex ES.

"This year has been an exciting year for our UAS capability, thanks to follow-on contracts for our unmanned surveillance service business, flight campaigns of our top-of-the-range Falco EVO and the acquisition of a launch customer for our platform agnostic SkyISTAR mission system."

The contract from the unidentified country comes on the heels of Selex ES receiving a contract from the United Nations to operate Falco in support of U.N. peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Falco is a medium-altitude, medium-endurance UAS designed to supply net-centric command and control and target cueing. Payloads include AESA radar.

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