‘Drone is a delicate creature’ – Russia created a projectile with a built-in drone
MOSCOW, (BM) – Russian experts have developed a new projectile for a multiple launch rocket system that will be used to launch drones, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The projectile created by the specialists of the Scientific and Production Association “Splav” named after A. N. Ganichev has already entered testing, but it is not yet known when the new ammunition will enter service with the Russian army.
“Such work is underway. There are still some technical difficulties, but I am sure that we will definitely overcome them. We are undergoing field tests. A drone is a delicate creature that needs to be very carefully unpacked in flight,” said Alexander Smirnov, Director General of NPO Splav, to TASS.
According to the head of the enterprise, one of the main problems in the work on the new projectile was the release of the drone from the flying projectile. The high velocity of the projectile creates serious air disturbances that can damage the elements fired from the projectile, including the unmanned aerial vehicle.
Now specialists of “Splav” are working on solving this difficult problem – how to ensure the launch of a drone from a projectile without damaging the UAV.
Let’s remind, one of the latest developments of NPO “Splav” them. A.N. Ganichev is the latest long-range guided missile capable of hitting targets with meter accuracy at a range of up to 200 km for the Russian Tornado-S multiple launch rocket system.
Also MLRS “Grad” was taught to operate using calculations obtained from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) “Orlan-10” and reconnaissance, control and communications complexes “Strelets”.
Russian UAVs and weapons with AI have been used in Syria
On October 25 last year, a senior official in the Russian ground forces announced that the latest Kungas robot had successfully passed tests in the country. It is reported that until 2025 a unit consisting entirely of robots and capable of performing combat missions will be formed in the Russian troops.
This is not the first time that people in the country talk about “smart” unmanned weapons and military equipment. Recently, the Russian military department shared information about the “beacon” robot, which is able to adapt to complex terrain and perform combat missions in the city.
Earlier, at the Army-2019 international military-technical forum, Russia demonstrated the unseen invisible combat aircraft Okhotnik-B, the Korsar reconnaissance remotely piloted aircraft, and other weapons and military equipment.
Currently, many examples of unmanned vehicles and weapons developed by the Russian side are used in real combat operations, they have already managed to achieve considerable success on the Syrian battlefields.
Russia’s new rival, the Turkish drone Akinci, may soon appear on Syrian battlefields
The second prototype of the Turkish attack drone Akinci made its first flight, as we reported on August 16 citing a corresponding video posted on Twitter by Baykar.
The caption to the video says that the drone was in the air for 1 hour 2 minutes. The tests took place on August 13 in the area of Chorlu airport. Defense Express recalls that Akinci is equipped with two AI-450T turboshaft engines developed by the Ukrainian company Ivchenko-Progress.
In July, the information and consulting agency published a video of the first test by the Armed Forces of Ukraine of the Bayraktar TV2 strike and reconnaissance drone.
In the same month, Turkish Ambassador to Ukraine Yagmur Ahmet Guldere said the countries were discussing joint development and production of Bayraktar TB2.
Akinci is developed by the Turkish company Baykar. The wingspan of the drone is 20 meters, the length is 12.3 meters. The maximum take-off weight is 5500 kilograms. Payload – 1350 kilograms. The maximum flight altitude is 12 kilometers, the operating altitude is 9 kilometers. The flight duration is over 24 hours. The Turkish Armed Forces should receive Akinci in 2021.
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