Ukrspecsystems, a Ukrainian company specialising in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development, unveiled its latest RAM UAV/loitering munition at Defexpo 2018 held in Chennai from 11–14 April.
Jacob Cereteli, general manager at Ukrspecsystems, told Jane’ s that work on RAM UAV commenced in 2017 with flight testing already concluded.
A complete system comprises a RAM UAV, a catapult launcher, and a laptop-based ground control station (GCS) that commands the loitering munition using an encrypted datalink out to a range of 30 km.
The loitering munition has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 8 kg and measures 1.78 m long and with a 2.3 m wingspan. An electric motor enables it to stay aloft for up to 40 minutes at cruising speeds of up to 100 km/h, although it can reach a maximum speed of 150 km/h when engaging a target with its 3 kg warhead.
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