Selex ES, a subsidiary Finmeccanica, will supply two drones to be used by UN Peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The United Nations on Tuesday said it would start using surveillance drones to monitor the volatile border between DR Congo and Rwanda and movements by militias and armed groups.
UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous is in Goma, the major city in eastern DR Congo, to "preside over the launch of unarmed, unmanned aerial vehicles" on Tuesday, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said.
The drones would be "an important tool to assist the mission in fulfilling its mandate to protect civilians", Nesirky added.
With two already on order, upto five could be in operation in the country after trials are completed.
General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz, military commander of the UN mission, MONUSCO, said last month that by March or April there would be a 24 hour drone surveillance operation in eastern DR Congo.
The Ivory Coast government has also said it would like the UN to use the surveillance drones to monitor its borders, according to reports. The commanders of other peacekeeping missions, such as in South Sudan, have also said they would like to see drones used there.
Mali maybe another territory to embrace UN aerial surveillance only a month after the Netherlands sent dozens of intelligence operatives to the country.
The Dutch unit will concentrate on electronic spying on the Islamic militants who sought to take over Mali this year, diplomats said.
"They will also engage in traditional espionage through human contacts. It is really a necessary change for the UN," said one UN diplomat concentrating on military affairs.
The Dutch defence ministry is buying four US unmanned aircraft, MQ-9 Reaper, at a cost of up to €250 million, to be operational by the end of 2017, defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told parliament in a statement on Thursday. The drones can also carry weapons but the Netherlands does not need that capacity at present, a ministry spokesman told Nos television later
China has tested its first stealth combat drone, a "Sharp Sword" unmanned aircraft, state media said Friday, citing online photos of an aircraft resembling a shrunken US B2 bomber and hailing the advance toward Western-level technology. "The successful flight shows the nation has again narrowed the air-power disparity between itself and Western nations," the China Daily newspaper said, adding the flight made China the "fourth power
Iran unveiled a highly mobile propellant-powered reconnaissance drone launched from a wedge catapult on Saturday, according to local media. The drone, named "Yasseer," can fly for eight hours with a range of 200 kilometres (124 miles) and reach an altitude of 4,500 meters (15,000 feet), the reports said
The United Arab Emirates defense firm to work with Russia to develop an unmanned combat aerial vehicle based on Russias Berkut VL helicopter. Russias Berkut Aero design bureau and the UAEs Adcom Systems are considering the Berkut VL helicopter as a model for a drone to be stationed aboard an aircraft carrier and fly to remote areas, Berkut Aero development director Dmitry Rumyantsev told RIA Novosti
Russia is developing an unmanned combat air vehicle based on the T-50 fifth-generation fighter jet, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced today. The drone development is currently at a “preliminary research stage,” in accordance with plans approved by the Russian Defense Ministry, UAC president Mikhail Pogosyan was quoted by RIA Novosti at the MAKS-2013 airshow
The Russian military is planning to purchase aerial drones in the United Arab Emirates, a defense industry source said. “We are talking about at least two United 40 Block 5 models developed by the company ADCOM Systems,” the military source said
Selex ES has been awarded a contract by the Austrian Ministry of Defence to provide a RAT31DL/M deployable air defence radar system. The system will enter into operation in 2016
Selex ES has won a contract worth about 125 million euros to provide and support modernization of communication systems of the Royal Australian Navys (RAN) eight ANZAC-Class frigates, as part of the SEA1442 Phase 4 programme. The company has been established to play a leading role in the delivery and support of the programme and will be the focal point for the transfer of skills and experience to Australian industry
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has taken delivery of an additional Selex GRIFO fire control radar during a ceremony in Italy. The radar is used for the modernisation of FAB's Northrop Grumman-built F-5 light supersonic fighter aircraft fleet
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