MAKS 2019: Kronshtadt Group unveils new MALE UAV development

by Aditya Jadhav

Russia’s Kronshtadt Group displayed a new but unnamed medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) at the MAKS 2019 aerospace and defence exhibition in Zhukovsky that was held from 27 August to 1 September.

Kronshtadt Group has showcased several unmanned aerial vehicles at MAKS 2019, including a new MALE-class platform seen here.  (IHS Markit/Aditya Jadhav)

Kronshtadt Group has showcased several unmanned aerial vehicles at MAKS 2019, including a new MALE-class platform seen here. (IHS Markit/Aditya Jadhav)

According to company specifications, the air vehicle has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 5,000 kg and measures 13.6 m long, 3.6 m high, and features a rectangular straight wing that spans 30 m. It can carry a 1,000 kg payload.

Other physical features include a tricycle undercarriage, a six-bladed pusher propeller, an inverted V tail, and an over-the-fuselage intake.

Kronshtadt Group claims that the air vehicle has a cruising speed of 295 km/h and has a flight endurance of 40 hours at full load. It has an operating ceiling of 39,370 ft (12,000 m) and can take off and land on a runway with a length of 1,800 m.

The company stated that the air vehicle will be utilised for airborne patrols over the Arctic and Pacific oceans and for the monitoring of exclusive economic zones (EEZ). It can also be employed as a long-range cargo delivery platform.

Further details of its development and current status were not disclosed.

This article, first published 2 September 2019, is subject to a correction and has been amended.

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