The Russian aircraft building corporation MiG resumed work on the project of the unobtrusive unmanned unmanned aerial vehicle Scat, stopped in the second half of the 2000s. As reported by TASS referring to a source in the defense-industrial complex, a prototype of a UAV is planned to be created in the next few years.
The project of the scooter “Scat” started in the 1990s (according to other sources, in the first half of the 2000s), and the first model of the device was first demonstrated at the MAKS airshow in Zhukovsky outside Moscow in 2007. The development of UAV practically ceased in the late 2000s, and officially the project was closed in 2012 due to lack of funding and interest from the military.
“Scat” was created according to the “flying wing” scheme. According to the project, the length of the device was 10.3 meters, and the wing span was 11.5 meters. With a maximum take-off weight of 20 tons, a drones equipped with a jet engine could carry a payload of up to six tons. It was assumed that the device could develop a speed of up to 850 kilometers per hour and carry out flights for a distance of up to four thousand kilometers.
According to the TASS source, the work on the Scat project was resumed due to the fact that the Russian Ministry of Defense was interested in the drones. Details of the resumed project are not disclosed.
At the end of June this year, a rollout of a prospective Russian drone drones was carried out, the development of which is being carried out under the project “Hunter-B”. Currently, the device is undergoing “various electronic tests”.
The first aerodrome testing of a prospective vehicle is planned to begin in late 2018. The drone will make a series of runs along the runway with short-time breaks. The first full flight of the device is scheduled for 2019.