Battle-proven Russian drone commands a self-propelled howitzer

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – The Russian self-propelled howitzer Msta-S can work autonomously with the unmanned aerial vehicle Orlan-10E, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Demonstrative firings were held earlier this week as a presentation to potential buyers.

Battle-proven Russian drone commands a self-propelled howitzer
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During the test, the self-propelled howitzer Msta-S has used a 155 mm gun, a NATO standard. Demonstrative shootings showed the maximum range of the howitzer, which is 40 km. The Orlan-10E drone made a more significant impression during the demonstration. Orlan-10 is a Russian reconnaissance drone that has been used repeatedly in Syria to support ground operations by Russian and Syrian forces.

It turned out that the self-propelled howitzer Msta-S has an autonomous mode of operation and allows connection to the drone in the air. Its task is to locate the target and transmit the exact coordinates of the howitzer, which calculates the data, aims, and fires from the 155-millimeter cannon.

The Orlan-10 is a reconnaissance drone

The Orlan-10 is a reconnaissance drone, and the Orlan-10E is its export version. As we wrote above, this drone continues to participate in the fighting in Syria against terrorist organizations and groups. In addition to providing coordinates of targets, Orlan-10 sends aerial images, performs 3D mapping of the area through which it flies, participates in humanitarian and rescue missions, and more.

Orlan-10 was officially introduced in 2010 and since then in service in Russian military units. More than 1000 pieces have been produced. According to confirmed information, only three were shot down – two Ukrainian military and one of the Syrian rebels.

The drone can reach a maximum speed of 150 km / h and has a flight range of 140 km.; it powers by an internal combustion gasoline engine and uses parachute recovery technology during landing. The drone has no weapons and can stay in the air for up to 16 hours.

Orlan-10 has a high wing and a flat vertical stabilizer. Numerous sensors and cameras, radio transmitters, and a gyro stabilizer are integrated, helping to do real-time reconnaissance. Orlan-10 has completed extreme cold tests in Siberia, participating in several Siberian exercises, performing over 20 successful tests a day.

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