25/08/2020

Russian Firm Unveils Upgraded 'Orion' MALE Attack-Reconnaissance UAV

Russian Firm Unveils Upgraded ‘Orion’ MALE Attack-Reconnaissance Drone – link

Source: Defense World

Article Headlines
  • Privately held Russian firm, Kronshtadt Group unveiled a modernized version of the Orion MALE UAV that can loiter for long hours and attack its target from over 30 km away, during the ongoing Army-2020 Expo in Moscow
  • At the event, the company demonstrated a range of high-precision weapons in the weight of 50 kg and more designed by Kronstadt and other Russian developers
  • One of the munitions displayed along with the drone is a 50-kg guided UPAB-50S missile intended for destroying personnel and equipment at up to 30 km ranges
  • The warhead types could be of HE fragmentation, cluster, fuel-air explosive types
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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