Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) has presented plans for a multifunctional air robotic system, which includes a reconnaissance and attack roles with rocket-launching capabilities.
The reconnaissance copter can fly to an altitude of several thousand meters and can be used to detect and identify targets in real time. The observational copter can be used to adjust artillery fire and determine the location coordinates using the signals of GLONASS/GPS satellite navigation systems. The attack multicopter can detect and destroy enemy targets, including tanks and armored vehicles, with the help of standard rocket weapons.
The robotic chopper combine was presented for the first time at the Robotics of the Russian Armed Forces exhibition, UIMC holding company Rostec said in a statement today.
“The technology developed by Concern Systemprom (A UIMC unit) is designed to effectively replace humans wherever possible. It can carry out reconnaissance, monitoring, and patrolling missions of indoor and outdoor facilities, transport cargo, prepare cartographic materials, and fulfill combat tasks,” said Sergey Skokov, Deputy CEO of United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation.
These robots can navigate through the air without the support of an operator, choose their own routes, carry out reconnaissance work, and interact with other drones and robotic systems,” said Sergey Skokov.
The robot helicopter is designed for conducting video surveillance, delivering a payload to a given destination, and carrying out meteorological observations. It has a flight range of a few hundred kilometers.
(Defenseworld.net: The press statement does not make it clear as to what stage of development are the various facets of the system as claimed by UIMC.)