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Falco UAVs for Libya?

The French ADIT research agency reports Libya could be buying up to 50 Selex Galileo Falco unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for borer protection.

 

 

In its latest newsletter, the ADIT says Libya might buy a dozen of the tactical UAVs. Quoting Italian media and the US Bloomberg wire service, ADIT adds that up to 50 might be acquired "in order to complete monitoring missions along Libya`s southern border" with Chad.  

 

"If ratified by the Italian parliament, the deal will involve transfers of technology and local production."

 

Libya`s desert borders are notoriously porous, a fact illustrated by the number of illegal migrants crossing the country to access Europe and especially Italy.

 

Another worry is that al Qaeda in the Maghreb insurgents have stepped up their activities in the region and pose a threat to Colonel Moammar Gadhafi`s government.      

   

ADIT notes Italo-Libyan defence cooperation stretches back to at least 2006 when Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland and the Libyan Company for Aviation Industry signed an agreement to form a joint venture called Libyan Italian Advanced Technology Company (LIATEC).

 

It also noted Finmeccanica denying reports that the Libyan Investment Authority was buying into the company.

 

 

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