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Belarus unveils new UAVs and UCAVs

06 July 2018
A MAZ-6317 truck carries a Burevestnik-MB UCAV and a Busel-MB UAV during Belarus’ Independence Day parade on 3 July. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

The Belarusian armed forces paraded new types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during the country’s 3 July Independence Day parade.

Shown for the first time were Burevestnik-MB fixed-wing unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs), which were carried by MAZ-6317-family trucks.

The Burevestnik-MB UCAV features a twin-boom design and has a range of flight of up to 290 km, a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 400 kg, and an endurance of up to 10 hours. The vehicle is powered by a piston engine that produces a cruise speed of 120–150 km/h and a maximum speed of 220 km/h.

The UCAV flies at a height of 10,499 ft (3,200 m), has a ceiling of 16,404 ft, and carries a payload of 60 kg. It is fitted with two loitering munitions, each of which is powered by a piston engine. The smaller munition carries a payload of 10 kg, including a guidance system and a warhead, and has a range of flight of 30–40 km and a maximum speed of 200 km/h. It can be replaced by S-8-family 80 mm unguided rockets.

During the parade, the Burevestnik-MBs were shown with the Busel-MB reconnaissance UAV. The Busel-MB has a MTOW of 10 kg and an endurance of up to two hours and is fitted with a TV/infrared camera. The UAV is powered by two electric engines that produce a speed of 60–120 km/h and a range of 50 km. The Busel-MB UAV has a ceiling of up to 16,400 ft. It is fitted with a combined GPS/GLONASS navigation system coupled to an autopilot. The UAV is launched by a catapult.

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