Russia is testing and may soon procure four new types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including its first heavy strike UAV, according to Deputy Defence Minister Yury Borisov.
Borisov, who is believed to be in line to become deputy prime minister for defence industry in the new Russian Federation government, made the announcement in a 5 May interview on Russian military television network Zvezda.
Two new tactical UAVs were displayed in the 9 May victory day parade in Moscow. Korsar has a reported 200 kg take-off weight, 6,000 m ceiling, and 160 km combat radius, with an endurance of 10 hours. It can be armed with Ataka 9M120 missiles. It has completed state acceptance testing.
Borisov said the Ministry of Defence (MoD) would buy Korsar and the rotary-wing Katran.
Beyond tactical UAVs, Borisov indicated the MoD could complete testing of the Inokhodets and Altius UAVs in 2018. He described them as future operational-level assets.
Inokhodets is designed to carry a 450 kg payload and remain airborne for up to 30 hours. Altius would be Russia’s first heavy strike UAV. Weighing 5 tonnes, it delivers a 2-tonne payload.
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