High-speed UAV Fregat was presented at MAKS-2015 airshow

 

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Kronshtadt Group held a presentation of advanced high-speed UAV Fregat, which does not require an airfield, at MAKS-2015 international airshow.

Kronshtadt Company (part of Kronshtadt Group) is starting development of Fregat UAV, which does not require an airfield. In accordance with the performance specification, Fregat will combine a vertical takeoff and landing capability with a good aircraft performance, which allows carrying out work in hard-to-reach regions having no airfield structure, the company explained.

The UAV designed for aerial reconnaissance and cargo transportation will be able to carry a payload of 1 700 kg (when taking off like an aircraft) and 1000 kg (when taking off like a helicopter). Ceiling will be 8000 m, maximum flight duration – around 10 hours.

The project will be implemented in several stages. At the first stage a flying model will be created in order to test major technical solutions. At the second stage a prototype powered by a production engine will be developed and tested. Depending on the results of the second stage, a decision on starting further research and development work will be made, the company added.

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China Supplies Air Defense Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Uzbekistan

Chinese S-300 (HongQi 9 [HQ-9]) launcher during China's 60th anniversary parade, 2009

China has supplied its new generation medium- to long-range HQ-9 air defense systems and its percussion unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Pterodactyl (Yilong-1) to Uzbekistan; similar deliveries have been made to Turkmenistan.

 

MOSCOW, February 2 (Sputnik) – China has supplied its new generation medium- to long-range HQ-9 air defense systems to Uzbekistan, according to the country’s news website 12news.Tashkent has also received at least one percussion UAV, the Pterodactyl (Yilong-1), which was developed by China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group.

Similar deliveries have been made to Turkmenistan, the website quotes Chinese newspaper “Huantsyu Shibao” as saying.

The contracts for the provision of defense equipment to these Central Asian countries were signed back in 2013.

The purpose of delivering weaponry to the countries is to reduce the price China has to pay them for natural gas, according to WantChinaTimes, a news website operated by The China Times group.

“Since natural gas produced in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan is vital to China’s development, the country is willing to sell advanced weapon systems such as the FD-2000, an export version of the HQ-9 missile, to its western neighbors as a way to get better deals,” the website writes. “Yet there is a catch. If China successfully convinces both nations to purchase FD-2000s, they will then have to purchase Chinese radars, early warning aircrafts and even fighter jets to coordinate with the air defense system.”

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150202/1017650004.html#ixzz3QaqSRCG3

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Iran Reveals World’s First Missile-Escaping ‘Suicide’ Drone

An Iranian made drone is launched during a military drill

The world’s first drone capable of hiding from missiles and committing “suicide” has been crafted in Iran.

 

MOSCOW, January 5 (Sputnik) – An Iranian engineer has designed the first drone that can dodge missiles and detonate itself in hostile conditions, Fars News Agency reports.The combination of a modern stealth system and profound acceleration capabilities enables the 4-kg “Sarallah Drone” to duck missiles, developer Hassan Akbari Layeq told FNA.

According to The International Business Times, the new UAV can escape an enemy’s laser optics and infrared light systems at night. “Given the daily progress of drones as well as the increased missile power to destroy them, a missile-evading drone was designed and built for the first time in the world which can escape thermal and air-to-air missiles and no missile can approach the drone any closer than 250 meters,” states Hassan Akbari Layeq as quoted by FNA.Another feature that protects the drone from targeting is its flight altitude. The “Sarallah Drone” can rise as high as 8,000 meters, DefenseWorld.net says.

 

Moreover, thanks to a mounted safety system, the drone is able to land in a secure place should it face any problems during the flight. And if the conditions are hazardous, it can detonate itself to deprive a foe’s engineers from studying its technological secrets.The drone can accomplish a one hour-long flight at the speed of 160 km/h. However, the safety system limits the flight to 40 minutes, if activated.

Iran has been placing high emphasis on UAV development and has made several remarkable achievements. Its drones can move at supersonic speeds, carry air-to-surface missiles, accomplish surveillance, reconnaissance, offensive and defensive missions, and participate in environment monitoring operations, FNA conveys.

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Iran successfully tests US drone replica

An American UAV was captured by the Iranian Air defense forces in 2011 225 kilometres from Iran’s border with Afghanistan

US RQ-170 Sentinel drone

US RQ-170 Sentinel drone

TEHRAN, November 10. /TASS/. Iran carried out successful tests of a drone based on the US-made aircraft that was captured in 2011, the chief of the Revolutionary Guard’s airspace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, told the IRNA.

He said that the new drone is an Iranian version of the American RQ-170 Sentinel that was manufactured using Stealth-technology. According to the General, December 4, 2011 Iranian Air Defense forces managed to seize the aircraft and land it with minimum damage. The drone was carrying out intelligence collection flights 225 km from the border dividing Iran and Afghanistan.

RQ-179 Sentinel also known as “The Beast of Kandahar” was manufactured by the US company Lockheed Marteen and was one of the most guarded aerial vehicles in service of the American Air Force. The US had been using this aircraft in Afghanistan since 2007, however, refused to admit its existence till late 2009.

The exact technical characteristics of the UAV are still unknown. Only the information concerning special covering for the body of the aircraft that makes it impossible to detect by radars was confirmed. As estimated by Iran’s Ministry of Defense, the original US drone weighs from 3 to 3.6 tons.

There is information that the US was keeping track of Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, in Pakistan, where he was killed by US SEALs unit May 1, 2011.

OSCE Refuses to Use German UAVs for Monitoring in Ukraine: Official Representative

OSCE has refused Berlin's offer to monitor the situation in Ukraine with German drones, which have to be operated by the military.

19/10/2014

MOSCOW, October 19 (RIA Novosti) – OSCE has refused Berlin’s offer to monitor the situation in Ukraine with German drones, which have to be operated by the military, OSCE representative stated, Deutsche Welle reported Sunday.

“We welcome any offer of assistance from member countries of our organization … However, the participation of servicemen is contrary to the mandate of our mission in Ukraine,” the representative of OSCE said in Vienna.

Earlier, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced Bundeswehr’s readiness to send two UAVs and “armed escorts” to Ukraine to monitor the cease-fire in Ukraine under the auspices of the OSCE.

In April, Kiev launched a military operation in Ukraine’s southeast in response to the local residents’ refusal to recognize the new Ukrainian government that came to power as a result of a February coup.

At a September 5 meeting in Minsk, a trilateral Contact Group, consisting of representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE agreed on a ceasefire. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on September 13 he had officially authorized the OSCE mission to deploy drones to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire in Ukraine.

U.S. Department of Defense to accelerate delivery of UAVs and ATGM for armed forces of Iraq

U.S. Department of Defense to accelerate delivery of UAVs and ATGM  for armed forces of Iraq

10.01.2014 TSAMTO

U.S. Department of Defense confirmed its intention to accelerate the delivery UAVs to Iraq under the program “Foreign Military Sales “, in order to ensure an effective fight against militants radical Sunni group ” Islamic State of Iraq and Levant .”

According to ” Jane’s Defence Weekly “, U.S. Department of Defense will accelerate the transfer for Iraqi Armed Forces of 10 fully operational UAV ” SkanIgl ” as well as 4 additional for use as a source of spare parts. According to the newspaper ” New York Times ” , 10 UAVs ” SkanIgl ” it is planed to deliver by March 2014 .
Furthermore, according to a spokesman of the U.S. Army Colonel Stephen Warren , in mid-December the Army of Iraq, in accordance with the previously signed contract, received 75 ATGM AGM- 114 ” Hellfire” . Another 100 missiles will be ready for delivery in spring of 2014

FSB will do exploration with 80 megapixel camera

FSB will do exploration  with 80 megapixel camera

30.12.2013 Izvestiya.ru
 
Federal Security Service (FSB) tests unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with 80-megapixel cameras and thermal imagers for rapid creation of high-resolution terrain plans during special operations. To quickly bring together a large array of shots to a single map the troops receives a special computer program. Experts believe that the use of non-combat drones will allow to save lives of personnel and to improve the efficiency of operations.