The Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the defense industry promised to increase the serial production of drones. In May, the Turkish Ministry of Defense presented a new HALE-class drone “Bayraktar Akinchi”, the Russian Armed Forces do not yet have heavy drones
The Russian armed forces « belatedly engaged » introduction of unmanned vehicles. This was stated in an interview with RBC by Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov, who is in charge of the military-industrial complex, answering the question of what conclusions were drawn almost four months after the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine.
“I think that we are belatedly engaged in the serious introduction of unmanned vehicles. This is objective. Although the Syrian conflict has pushed us to this, — Borisov said. He added that Russia is dynamically developing in this direction. “We have almost all types of unmanned vehicles: reconnaissance, strike, tactical, operational and operational-tactical,” — said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Borisov noted that the defense industry will increase the mass production of drones, but “everything is not done overnight.” At the same time, in terms of their parameters, Russian UAVs are not inferior to Turkish ones and, in particular, to the “widely advertised Bayraktars” that the Ukrainian army purchased, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized.
In May, the Turkish Ministry of Defense released a video with the results of tests of a more powerful compared to Bayraktar. drone— “Bayraktar Akinchi” (Bayraktar Akinci, from Turkish — "Famous Raider"). Akinci drones flew through three countries: they took off in Turkey, flew over Georgia, and landed in Azerbaijan. They covered two thousand kilometers in five hours.
An apparatus weighing 5.5 tons can carry up to 1,350 kg of guided missiles and guided bombs. Akinci is able to stay in the air for up to a day, its flight altitude— 12 kilometers, and the maximum speed— 360 km/h The drone is equipped with Ukrainian Ivchenko-Progress engines. It was reported that Ukraine will receive this drone before the end of this year.
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As noted by the reserve colonel, editor of the Moskovsky Komsomolets department of law enforcement agencies; Sergey Valchenko, the Russian army does not yet have such heavy drones weighing several tons. “They are only being developed so far and will not appear in the army soon,” — Valchenko wrote.
It is expected that the only Russian HALE-class drone with a mass of up to 6 tons, which is called Altius-U, which has been developed for more than ten years, (former name “Altair”) will be able to stay in the air for up to 48 hours at an altitude of up to 12 kilometers. Initially, it was developed for German RED A03/V12 diesel engines, but then the engines fell under sanctions. To replace KB them. Klimov created the VK-800V engine. The contract for the supply of the first batch of reconnaissance and strike UAVs of this type to the military was signed in 2021. It is not known when they will actually enter the troops.
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