Italian defence conglomerate Leonardo has unveiled the largest Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) produced by the company in the new Falco Explorer, which is twice the size of the current Falco EVO Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).
The new Falco explorer has a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 1.3 tonne and will be able, in its final configuration to carry 350kg of payload comprised of sensors or ISR equipment. The new RPAS will be fitted with the Ultra-Light version of Leonardo’s Gabbiano radar.
The Falco Explorer will have an endurance of 24 hours and be able to fly at 24,000 feet.
Fabrizio Boggiani, Senior Vice President of Leonardo’s Airborne Sensors & Mission Systems Business, told Daily News, that flight activities on the new RPAS would start in the coming few weeks and it would be production ready by 2020.”
He stresses that the Falco Explorer is ITAR free and all work on the platform is done at Leonardo facilities under its own control.