22.4.2020

Russian MoD accepts Orion MALE UAS for operational evaluation

Russian MoD accepts Orion MALE UAS for operational evaluation – link

Source: Jane’s

Article Headlines

  • The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has accepted the first Orion UAS comprising of three UAVs and a ground control station from the Kronstadt Group for operational evaluation
  • This is the first delivery of the Russian-made MALE UAS with the operational evaluation of the new system will start soon

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
  • For more information regarding Russia’s UAS developments contact ABG-SC
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