02/10/2020

Russia develops air-launched loitering munitions

Russia bets big on Mini Drones for Attack Helicopter, Combat Troops – link

Source: Defense World

Article Headlines
  • Russian research center, Zaslon, is developing a system for the Mi-28NM helicopter gunship to fire suicide drones from its missile launch tubes
  • Zaslon’s missile launching module B8V10-UV can be adjusted for each specific task (for launching mini-drones or missiles)
  • Originally, the new unguided aviation missile cluster was designed for the Mi-28NM, but it will be usable on all of Russia’s combat helicopters equipped with a weapons control system, such as Mi-28, Ka-52 and attack configurations of the Mi-8
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 Russian related UAS news click here
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