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Russian Army to Introduce Advanced, Long-Range UAV

Sputnik News

09:19 25.01.2015(updated 09:35 25.01.2015)

A heavy unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, will soon be made in Russia.

MOSCOW, January 25 (Sputnik) – The sophisticated drone will be capable of performing reconnaissance missions and destroying targets that have been detected, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said, according to the Russian News Service network.

'We are finalizing research and development work related to the drones that will solve an array of tactical, operational and strategic tasks,' Borisov commented.

He explained that the new UAVs will be put into service by the Russian Defense Ministry and the Federal Security Service, also known as the FSB. He declined to elaborate on the drone's technical characteristics.

The new drone is being developed by several well-known Russian aviation firms, including the Sukhoi Design Bureau and Tranzas.

In 2011, the Tranzas won the Defense Ministry's tender for the development of two kinds of heavy drones, the 'Pacer' and Altius-M, which weigh 1 metric tons and 5 metric tons, respectively.


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