The news article that is in the PAS’19 Special Dossier published in the 72th issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review is now available on our website:
Leonardo came to PAS 2019 to launch Falco Xplorer, the newest and largest member of the Falco UAV family, at a ceremony attended by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Twice the size of the Falco EVO, which has already entered operation, Falco Xplorer has a maximum take-off weight of 1.3 tons and a payload of up to 350 kg. The UAV can climb up to a maximum altitude of 24,000 feet and boasts a 24-hour endurance. Falco Xplorer can be controlled via satellite, and can carry electro-optic and RF sensors as well as intelligence-gathering payloads.
Leonardo highlights two points related to Falco Xplorer. The first is that users can procure the entire mission system from Leonardo, which means that the aircraft and all of its payloads bear the Leonardo signature. The second point is that the system is not subject to any ITAR restrictions.
Leonardo is currently leasing Falco EVO platforms to the United Nations and the European Union. The Falco Xplorer UAV is also being offered to the market for sale or lease. Although the Falco Xplorer has the ability to be weaponised, there is as of yet no schedule for works in this regard.
The flight testing of Falco Xplorer will commence in the coming months. The aircraft will be certified by the Italian authorities to fly in controlled airspace. Leonardo aims to make Falco Xplorer ready for production next year.
Leonardo’s Competent Training Solutions
Italo Rossini, Aircraft Division Vice President for International Sales – North Africa & the Middle East in the Leonardo Aircraft Division gave us first-hand information regarding their agenda in Turkey. At IDEF’19, Leonardo had highlighted its International Flight Training School (IFTS). At PAS 2019, the company showcased the M-346 and M-345 aircraft that are serving in the IFTS. The light combat aircraft version of the M-346 that was on display at the event attracted significant attention due to its Leonardo Grifo-346 radar and weapon load,and this version is also incorporated with all the training functions of the aircraft.
The M-345, for which the company has received a new order from the Italian Air Force, stands out with its jet engine performance at a cost equivalent to that of a turboprop trainer aircraft.
Through its integrated training system, and the M-346 and M-345 aircraft aboard which this system is used, Leonardo is offering a modern pilot training solution to various countries, including Turkey.