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Paris Air Show: Falco Xplorer lights fire to unmanned MALE competition

17th June 2019 - 16:33 GMT | by Tim Martin in Paris


The MALE unmanned market has a new addition and one that will potentially act as stiff competition to the General Atomics MQ-9B SkyGuardian.

Leonardo’s new Falco Xplorer RPAS, officially unveiled at Le Bourget, is twice the size of the most recent Falco platform Evo – with a mission profile of 24 hours endurance – comparable but shorter to the MQ-9B’s 40 hour capability.

Explorer’s airframe, payloads and missions systems are all made by Leonardo, with the aircraft fitted with a Rotex engine.

Certification is due to take place before the end of this year, according to Fabrizio Boggiani, SVP airborne

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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