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UN drone crashes

Jan. 15, 2014 - 04:23PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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A United Nations peacekeeping UAV crashed Jan. 15 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Reuters.

The Falco UAV, built by the Selex unit of Italy's Finmeccanica, is being used for surveillance missions by the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo. The Congo deployment marks the first time that the U.N. has used UAVs.

The Falco crashed soon after takeoff near the eastern Congo town of Goma. No casualties were reported.

The U.N. Security Council authorized use of drones in Congo in January 2013, despite concerns by Russia, China and Rwanda. The Security Council said the drones would be strictly limited to surveillance missions to enhance situational awareness of peacekeepers, and that the Congo deployment would be a trial run.

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