Kazan Experimental Design Bureau named after Simonov and the St. Petersburg group of companies “Kronstadt” assembled the second prototype of the perspective heavy unmanned aerial vehicle “Altair”, writes bmpd. This device was assembled taking into account the modifications, the need for which was revealed during the first flight tests of the apparatus. The second prototype of the UAV was captured on the video of the Tatarstan portal Business Online, filmed at the Kazan Aviation Plant on May 16, 2017.
The development of heavy drones “Altair” is carried out by order of the Russian Defense Ministry in the framework of the Altius-M project. Work is carried out from 2011. In July 2016, the first prototype of the device performed the first flight. In December of last year, flight tests of the UAV were suspended. As expected, the flight tests of UAVs “Altair” will resume in the summer of 2017. The new device is planned to be used for reconnaissance and surveillance.
The maximum take-off weight of a prospective UAV will be five tons at a length of 12 meters and the span of the wing – about 30 meters. Pilot models of unmanned vehicles are equipped with two diesel engines RED A03 / V12 take-off power of about 500 horsepower. Apparatus can stay in the air for about 48 hours. The pilotless vehicle will be able to reconnoiter from an altitude of 12 thousand meters, and the range of its flight will be about ten thousand kilometers. Serial production of “Altair” is planned to be deployed in 2018.
Since 2011, Kronstadt and the Simonov Experimental Design Bureau are developing a lightweight reconnaissance drones with a maximum take-off weight of up to a ton. In addition, since 2012, the company “Sukhoi” is designing a heavy drone drones weighing 20 tons. This device is developed with the use of technologies of the prospective heavy fighter T-50 (PAK FA). As expected, the first Russian drone drones will go into service in 2020.