The prototype of the unmanned aerial vehicle "Altair" will resume tests in 2017
As reported on March 6, 2017 by the news agency RNS, the development of an unmanned aircraft of the heavy class "Altair", which is conducted in the Design Bureau named after M. Simonov (Kazan), in 2017 will enter the decisive phase. This was reported by RNS source in the defense industry.
"Last year, an experimental model of a heavy drones created under this program performed a series of successful test flights. In December, flights were suspended. It is planned that in the spring and summer test flights will be continued by the first experimental devices, modified according to the results of flights of the prototype, "the source said.
According to him, in the high stage of readiness there are already two experimental devices.The first prototype-demonstrator of the UAV "Altair" (Altius-M) in the assembly shop of KAPO-Composite JSC. Kazan, 03/25/2014 (с) The frame of the news program / militaryrussia.ru
"Thanks to the experimental model, the ground part of the unmanned complex, the control system, communications, take-off and landing schemes have been worked out," the agency's interlocutor said. He noted that the take-off and landing of heavy drones are fully automated, take place according to the developed software algorithm, with the possibility, if necessary, of the manual control of the operator from the ground.
In parallel with the manufacture of experimental vehicles, he said, the development of weapon systems for a new reconnaissance and impact drone is underway. "At the same time, the mass of the device allows you to place on it a number of existing weapons systems," the source said.
In the summer of 2016, the media reported the start of flights in Kazan, of the first Russian heavy-duty drones. Later, in the autumn, satellite images of the device on one of the Kazan airfields appeared on the Internet. According to experts, the mass of the new device is 5 tons. It is equipped with two diesel engines RED A03 / V12 takeoff power of about 500 liters. With propellers. The device can be in the air for two days without refueling. The maximum height is 12 km. The total length is about 12 m, and the wingspan is about 30 m. The maximum range is 10 thousand kilometers.
It was reported that a new drone can be used, in particular, to monitor the situation in the Arctic. It is planned that mass production will begin in 2018.
While Russia does not have devices of this class. Similar reconnaissance and strike drones are created and serially built only in USA.