Written Question: Long-range drones for Frontex
(Source: European Parliament)
Date submitted: 28 April 2021
Priority question for written answer P-002276/2021
to the Commission
Özlem Demirel (The Left)
Subject: Long-range drones for Frontex
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) intends to use long-range drones to monitor the Mediterranean area and with that aim in view awarded a contract worth more than EUR 50 million a year ago. One or more MALE-class drones (medium altitude and long flight duration) are to be deployed in Malta, Italy or Greece, but the system is not yet operational.
- What companies (main contractor and subcontractors) have been awarded the Frontex contract to operate drones in the Mediterranean, and when does the contract start?
- As things stand, where will the drones be deployed and what is their range?
- What radar-based surveillance technology are the drones equipped with, and in what circumstances will the information collected also be shared with third countries such as Libya or Tunisia?