Russia has deployed a squadron of Forpost drone reconnaissance systems in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, Russian news outlet Izvestia reported on Wednesday.
The aircraft belongs to the 318th mixed aircraft regiment of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
The Forpost is a licensed copy of Israel’s Searcher MkII reconnaissance UAV. Earlier this year, it was reported that Russian Ministry of Defense plans to acquire additional Forpost drones that are completely localised, as well as Forpost-M drones that have been upgraded based on combat experience in Syria.
The drones can carry out reconnaissance and provide targeting information for ship missile systems, Bastion coastal systems, and artillery. The drone reconnaissance system includes three aircraft and a ground-based control station. A single drone weighs 500 kg, and can carry 100 kg of cargo and 99 kg of fuel. The drone can accelerate to 200 km/h and has a range of approximately 250km.
Russian troops will begin receiving the new Mil Mi-38T transport and troop landing helicopter in 2019, Air Force Commander, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Russias Aerospace Force Sergei Dronov said on Monday. “Mi-38T and Mi-28NM helicopters will be delivered to the Russian troops this year,” Dronov said during an interview with the Defense Ministrys Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper
Russia is developing an armoured vehicle for its paratroopers that will be mounted on the chassis of the Sprut-SD self-propelled anti-tank gun and equipped with the Epokha unmanned combat module. The module was initially designed for advanced infantry fighting vehicles mounted on the latest Bumerang, Kurganets-25 and Armata combat platforms
As many as seven US defense and aviation companies are participating in the upcoming MAKS-2019 international Aviation and Space Show to be held in Russia from August 27 to September 1, 2019 despite the US imposing sanctions on leading Russian firms in the defense and aviation sector. Participation from US companies represents around 1% of the total 720 firms signed up to participate in the show, which will make it the most well-attended MAKS show ever
The Russian Altius-U medium altitude long endurance (MALE) drone made its debut flight today. The Russian Defence Ministry has posted a video of the maiden flight of a 6-tonne Altius-U drone, capable of being in the air for more than 24 hours
The export version of Il-112VE light military transport aircraft is set to make its debut at MAKS-2019 international air show to be held later this month. “At MAKS 2019, Russian manufacturers will be unveiling the fifth-generation Su-57E multi-role fighter jet and the Il-112VE light military transport aircraft, the hottest and most anticipated new products of recent years
Russia will officially unveil the Su-57E stealth fighter jet, the export version of the Su-57 aircraft, at the MAKS -2019 international airshow scheduled for August 27. “At MAKS 2019, Russian manufacturers will be unveiling the fifth-generation Su-57E multi-role fighter jet and the Il-112VE light military transport aircraft, the hottest and most anticipated new products of recent years
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