Air Platforms

Russia to bring new Orlan UAV variant into service next year

03 October 2019

An updated variant of Russia’s Orlan-10 tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is to enter service with the country’s ground forces next year, according to media reports in Moscow.

The Izvestia newspaper reported on 2 October that the decision to bring the Orlan-30 into service follows successful tests in Syria and during Exercise ‘Centre 2019’ last month.

The Orlan family of tactical UAVs is manufactured by Special Technological Centre (STC) in St Petersburg and its early Orlan-10 variant has seen extensive combat service in Eastern Ukraine and Syria since 2014.

According to Izvestia , the new variant will feature a laser designator to allow it to pinpoint targets for precision-guided artillery and aircraft munitions.

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