Rus­sian He­li­copters tests VRT300 UAV

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - World Aviation & Defence News -

VR-Tech­nolo­gies de­sign bureau, part of Rus­sian He­li­copters (part of Rostec State Cor­po­ra­tion) have started bench tests of the main sys­tems and as­sem­blies of VRT300 un­manned he­li­copter, with flight tests sched­uled by the end of 2018.To date, func­tional and tech­ni­cal con­fig­u­ra­tion of civil un­manned he­li­copters has been agreed with a range of Rus­sian com­pa­nies and au­thor­i­ties, this con­fig­u­ra­tion be­com­ing the ba­sis for de­vel­op­ment of a flight pro­to­type with MTOW of 300 kg. This will be a fly­ing test-bed for test­ing of UAVs sys­tems and equip­ment, as well as for its in­ter­ac­tion with pay­load el­e­ments and ground-based mon­i­tor and con­trol equip­ment. VRT300 sys­tem is devel­oped in two ver­sions: Arc­tic Su­per­vi­sion, equipped with a side-view radar for ice re­con­nais­sance and op­er­a­tion in Arc­tic con­di­tions and Op­tic vi­sion, with in­creased flight range to per­form mon­i­tor­ing and re­mote sens­ing mis­sions. With a large pay­load of 70 kilo­grams the air­craft can trans­port ur­gent cargo, such as food and med­i­cal sup­plies and be en­gaged in ‘search-and-res­cue op­er­a­tions’ par­tic­u­larly for sci­en­tific Polar sta­tions.

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