Russian maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) are being equipped with datalinks to enable them to receive targeting feeds from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The aim of the upgrade is to enable Russian Naval Aviation Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Forpost UAVs to directly communicate with airborne Tupolev Tu-142MZ/MR (‘Bear F/J’) turboprop MPAs of the Northern Fleet, Izvestia newspaper reported on 8 October.
According to Russian naval officials quoted by Izvestia, the data networking capability is likely to be incorporated in other Naval Aviation MPAs, including the Beriev Be-12 Chaika (‘Mail’) and future UAVs, such as the Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik, Sokol Altius, and Kronstadt Technologies Orion E.
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