10.2.2020

Russia orders the large Altius-RU

Russia orders the large Altius-RU

Russian Military Signs Contract for Production Of Long-Range Attack Drone Altius-RU – link

Source: UAS Vision

Article Headlines

  • The Russian Defense Ministry and the Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA) plant have signed a contract to create the Altius-RU reconnaissance and attack drone, which can fly for more than 24 hours without landing and will be controlled via satellites, Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko said last week
  • According to the official, the drone will be equipped with a satellite communications system and artificial intelligence and will be capable of interacting with manned aircraft.
  • The vehicle, weighing about 6 tonnes, is capable of fulfilling a wide spectrum of reconnaissance missions using optical, radio and radar tools

Overview & Comments

  • Russia’s UAS fleet is on a constant rise
  • In 2011 190 UAVs were reported to be in stock
  • By the end of 2018 there were approximately 1800 (from all categories)
  • In the beginning of the decade Russia had acquired numerous systems from foreign manufacturers, mostly from Israel – IAI’s Searcher Mk II, BirdEye 400 as well Aeronautics’ Aerostar and Orbiter – to establish a foundation of technology
  • Since then local companies have locally manufactured these systems (i.e. Forpost-R or Zala’s 421-16E5)
  • On the larger scale Russia is quickly advancing with MALE systems such as the Orion-E, Altius-RU and the S-70 UCAV which initially flown these year
  • Unlike other up and coming manufacturers, Russian weapon systems are well placed around the globe even within modern strategic countries such as India, thus Russia’s advance in technology and export efforts in the UAS market should be taken into full consideration

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