Russian firm Kronstadt today announced contracts with several foreign countries for shipment of drones in 2022.
The model(s) of drones or their numbers were not specified in a statement released by the company as reported by Zvezda, the Russian MoD’s TV channel.
However, on May 24, Sergey Bogatikov, CEO of Kronstadt had told Interfax that foreign customers are more interested in the reconnaissance and strike version of the Orion-E drone. “Together with Rosoboronexport, we are negotiating with representatives of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa. I will not name specific countries. The Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) collects applications,” Kronstadt top boss had commented.
He added that serial production of these drones for export will start soon. “We are already purchasing components for assembling complexes for starting buyers. We will be able to start deliveries abroad from 2022 – after the launch of a new serial plant in Dubna, but the primary task for us is to meet the needs of our army,” Bogatikov said.