UN selects first unarmed surveillance drone, for trial use by peacekeepers in eastern Congo

The United Nations announced Thursday that it has selected its first unarmed surveillance drone, an Italian-made plane that will be tried out by peacekeepers in eastern Congo, which has been engulfed in conflict for nearly two decades.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said the world body’s peacekeeping department chose an unmanned aerial vehicle produced by Selex ES, known as the Falco, which is “capable of carrying a range of payloads including several types of high-resolution sensors.”

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