15.2.2020

Russian Firms To Develop "Small" Munitions For Drones

Russian Firms To Develop “Small” Munitions For Drones – link

Source: Defense World

Article Headlines

  • Russian firms Tactical Missiles Corporation and Kronshtadt have partnered in developing small-sized munitions to be armed on drones
  • At the Army-2018 Forum, Kronshtadt unveiled Orion-E drone along with a mock-up of a 50 kg air-to-surface missile
  • With its maximum take-off weight of 1,000 kg, the Orion-E can carry a 200 kg payload of four 50-kg or two 100-kg munitions

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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