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Finmeccanica's Selex ES to provide UN Congo surveillance

Firm to conduct monitoring with unmanned aircraft

Finmeccanica's Selex ES to provide UN Congo surveillance

New York, August 2 - Italian defence and transport giant Finmeccanica has won a contract with the United Nations (UN) to furnish surveillance in remote areas of the Congo. The UN Secretariat signed a deal for Finmeccanica's electronics subsidiary Selex ES to run a monitoring programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo using five Falcon unmanned aircraft, a ground control station, a data-management terminal, technical and logistical support, and analysis of collected data. The Falcon has a range of 250 km, a flight autonomy of at least 12 hours, and sensors to penetrate vegetation, enabling identification of vehicles and people both day and night at long distance. ''The use of such aircraft will enable enable UN peacekeepers in the Congo to monitor movements of armed troops and to protect the civil population in a more efficient way, especially in the eastern parts of the country,'' a UN spokesman said. Finmeccanica's controlling stakeholder is the Italian State, which holds 30.2%.

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