Russia’s first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a 3D-printed engine is expected to make its first flight this summer, Yevgeny Kablov, general director of the Russian Aviation Materials Institute (VIAM), told the RIA Novosti state news agency on 5 March.
The engine is being developed as part of a joint project by the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects in the Defence Industry (FPI) and the Federal State Unitary Enterprises’ VIAM. Moscow founded the FPI in 2012 to undertake advanced technology research and develop breakthrough technologies for military purposes, including for reconnaissance UAVs and rocket components.
The project aims to reduce the cost and time to manufacture military UAVs as well as to reduce the weight and improve the performance of their engines.
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