Russian drones will navigate without land, sea, or space landmarks

MOSCOW, (BM) – High-precision and innovative navigation systems will be integrated into Russian drones. This information was announced by the Russian state company Rostec. The new drone navigation will be developed by the KRET holding, which is part of Rostek.

At a meeting with journalists on May 28, Rostec officials said that Russian drones would receive an autonomous inertial navigation system in the coming years. The coordinate parameters of moving objects will be calculated and determined even in the absence of the landmarks used today – land, water, or space.

Nikolay Kolesov, General Director of KRET, stated that the accuracy of the new navigation is high – 1% error in regular operation, and if the drone works autonomously, the error is 2%. Another advantage of the new system, highlighted at the meeting, was its weight – this system is lighter than previously used, which will reduce the total weight of the drone.

TASS says that such a system is not new, as navigation systems with a similar principle of operation used for years in aircraft construction. But with technological advances comes better functionality, such as more significant congestion on the navigation system and more excellent and faster data processing.

According to Kolesov, the navigation system developed by them will work without problems with GPS and GLONASS, both in normal mode and in autonomous mode. This year, part of the Russian drones expect to receive the navigation system. It is clear from Kolesov’s statement that they tested the system last year, and they were successful.


It turns out that the current decade will focus on adopting autonomous weapon systems to pave the way for artificial intelligence. An autonomous mode of operation is when one device works together with another device and mutually processes the same data.

Examples of successful autonomous work among the Russian army are the reconnaissance drone Orlan-10E and the 155 mm self-propelled howitzer Msta-S.

In early May, the Russians showed how the two devices work together during shooting tests organized in front of a foreign buyer. The howitzer hit a target at 40 km, using the NATO standard of the cannon – 155 mm. The target was located from the air by the Orlan-10E reconnaissance drone, which, after marking the target, gave the coordinates of the howitzer that fired the shot.

In this way, Russian manufacturers have demonstrated the advantage of autonomous interaction between two weapon systems that are different in functionality and location.


KRET is a Russian company part of the Rostec group of state-owned enterprises. The company specializes in producing various electronic systems and devices in civil and military aviation, medicine, or measurement.

The company has a “leader” status in the country, and its products are exporting to over 30 countries. KRET, like Rostek, brings together dozens of smaller companies with nearly 50,000 employees. Annually participates in local and international military exhibitions.

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