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Procurement: Russia Building Better UAVs

Monday, May 20, 2019   (0 Comments)

By Staff Writer  |  May 18, 2019  |  Strategy Page


Russia continues to play catchup when it comes to developing and manufacturing battlefield UAVs. Russia entered the 1990s dubious about American and Israeli enthusiasm for these new unmanned aircraft, in part because Russia did not have the tech to build comparable models. That was less the case twenty years later and recent experience in Syria has convinced Russia that it is time to close the UAV gap. The latest example of this is the Korsar UAV, which is similar to the U.S. Army RQ-7 Shadow 200, a 1980s design that has been so useful that several attempts to develop a suitable replacement have failed. The Russian equivalent will go on sale late in 2019. Korsar is a 200 kg (440 pound) propeller-driven UAV with a 6.5 meter (20 foot) wingspan and a top speed of 150 kilometers an hour. It is, in just about every respect, identical to the RQ-7. Korsar can operate up to 120 kilometers from the control station

The RQ-7B has been one of the most heavily used “medium UAVs” in American service. Each 200 kg RQ-7BV2 UAV costs over $2,000,000 and over 500 have been manufactured since 1990. A day camera and night vision camera is carried as well as accessories like laser designators. Able to fly as high as 4,900 meters (15,000 feet), the Shadow can go into hostile territory and stay high enough (over 3,200 meters/10,000 feet) to be safe from hostile rifle and machine-gun fire. The Shadow can carry 25.5 kg (56 pounds) of equipment, and is 3.5 meters (11 feet) long with a wingspan of 4.1 meters (12.75 feet). The Shadow ground controller has a range of about 50 kilometers. The U.S. Army has had great success with the Shadow 200, which is what caught the attention of foreign customers and led to several export sales. READ MORE...

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