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UN to Buy Selex UAV for Congo Mission

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Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson (excerpt)

(Source: United Nations; issued Aug. 2, 2013)

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of the Aug. 1 noon briefing by Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Also, in response to questions, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations can confirm that it has reached the final stage of the procurement process in relation to the trial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs, by its Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

The selected vendor is the Italian company SELEX ES. The UAV is known as the “FALCO” and is designed to be a medium-altitude, medium-endurance surveillance platform capable of carrying a range of payloads, including several types of high-resolution sensors. Of course, its payload does not include weapons.

The deployment of the UAV is planned in the coming weeks.

As we have said many times in the past, the use of unarmed UAVs will allow our peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to monitor the movements of armed groups and protect civilian population more efficiently, particularly in the country's eastern region. (end of excerpt)