UN to use "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" in DR Congo

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Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations has reached the final stage of the procurement process in relation to the trial use of

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAVs, commonly called drones, by its mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo known as MONUSCO.

Martin Nesirky, the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General, explains.

The selected vendor is the Italian company SELEX ES. The UAV is known as the “FALCO” and is designed to be a medium-altitude, medium-endurance surveillance platform capable of carrying a range of payloads, including several types of high resolution sensors. Of course, its payload does not include weapons.

The Spokesperson says deployment of the UAV is planned in the coming weeks.

The use of unarmed UAVs, he continued, will allow peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to monitor the movements of armed groups and protect the civilian population more efficiently, particularly in the country’s eastern region.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

Duration: 1:07

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