Russian Helicopters tests VRT300 UAV
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.