Game of Drones: The aerial drones, seen for years as a deficient branch of the Russian Army, return with force
The Russian terrestrial remote-controlled robots are at the forefront of other countries, but their unmanned aircraft have been considered inferior to their foreign competitors for years. The Deputy Minister of Defense revealed the current status of three ambitious projects, aimed at overcoming the technological backwardness in this area. US military analysts have repeatedly warned that their 'likely rivals', especially China, but also Russia, are making progress on their unmanned aircraft projects, and that soon the Pentagon's total supremacy in this area would be challenged. The recent statements of the Russian deputy defense minister, Yuri Borisov, published on the agency's website, confirm this theory. According to the high military charge, the Russian Defense is in the final stages of the trials of three projects: Korsar, Orion and Altius.
The Korsar reconnaissance and ground attack drone has been premiered in this year's Victory Parade, which in itself points to the availability of the apparatus for mass production and its actual use. The Korsar, a relatively small aircraft of six meters and 200 kilos, has flight autonomy of 10 hours and a range of 160 kilometers . "The Korsar performs all the operational tasks associated with the drones, it is a very 'cool' device, it has just finished tests, and the Defense is going to acquire it in series," the Russian deputy minister said. The drone will be used for reconnaissance missions or to target high precision artillery and weapons units, but it is also capable of carrying modern antitank missiles for eventual combat mi