Leonardo has completed a series of successful test flights of its Falco EVO RPAS in Bulgaria.
The flight was carried out to validate a package of upgrades including a beyond-line-of-sight satellite data-link system and a new propulsion system based on a heavy-fuel engine. The new engine is capable of generating more electricity onboard the platform, granting access to more power-intensive ISR sensors required for complex missions. These upgrades will extend the endurance and operational range of the platform.
Further trials will see Falco EVO flying equipped with Leonardo’s new Gabbiano TS ultra-light surveillance radar combined with a high-definition infrared electro-optical system, automatic identification system and a communications relay suite.
The Falco EVO is an ISR platform for overland and maritime missions. The UAS can fly for more than 20 hours while carrying a payload of up to 100kg.