A Falco EVO was tasked with following a trawler suspected of transporting migrants.
On the 20th June, Leonardo’s Falco EVO remotely-piloted aerial system played a key role in monitoring a case involving irregular migrants in the Mediterranean sea as part of monitoring activities of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.
In an operation launched from the Italian island of Lampedusa, the Falco EVO worked with other Frontex assets to identify a mothership trawler as 81 illegal migrants were transferred to smaller boats, a technique increasingly used by criminal organisations.
“Following the transfer, the Falco EVO’s surveillance payloads kept a close eye on the trawler until an enforcement operation was launched by Italian authorities to seize the boat.
The Falco EVO system deployed at Lampedusa Airport has already flown for more than 280 hours on behalf of Frontex, with one mission on the 26th June clocking in at 17 hours and 21 minutes.”
This extra-long mission came about when Frontex received a request from the Italian Authorities to help monitor two boats in the Lampedusa area.