Tuesday, February 23, 2021 17:00 PM (GMT + 7)
Russian television recently announced for the first time the video of unmanned combat aircraft (UCAVs) carrying out missions in Syria, including launching rockets and bombing ground targets.
Russia’s Channel One television channel recently broadcast a 12-minute report, showcasing the country’s military drone (UAV) technologies, including UCAV Orion.
The video shows UCAV Orion apparently taking off from the T-4 air base in the Homs province in Syria, carrying weapons mounted under the wings.
Many of the images in the video have been compiled from the UCAV model’s combat missions in Syria since 2018, according to The Drive website. This is the first time Russia has confirmed UCAV Orion to participate in combat missions on the battlefield.
Orion is the UCAV model for military combat purposes. The aircraft reaches a speed of 120 km / h, an altitude of 7,500 meters, is capable of operating continuously for 24 hours. Orion has 4 weapon racks on either side of the wing, the maximum total weight that can be carried is 200kg.
Russian Orion drone.
In the video, viewers can see the UCAV Orion painted desert-style camouflage pattern with 38 red stars representing the number of sorties, including 20 reconnaissance missions, 17 air raid missions and one mission. Unknown.
Video shows UCAV Orion identified the target as “arsenal of terrorist forces” in cloudy conditions and launched rockets destroy this arsenal. Orion also participates in combat missions at night.
Channel One said Orion can carry laser-guided bombs and some other precision weapons. Images of these weapons are cleverly concealed.
The video shows that this UCAV can launch light missiles and drop bombs, including the FAB-50 bomb with a weight of about 50 kg.
Each star corresponds to once the Orion completes its quest.
Sergei Tyugay, deputy head of the drone division of the Russian Aerospace Air Command, said the Orions “not only completed their mission, but were able to survive a real battle”.
According to military experts, the Russian UCAV Orion has combat capabilities equivalent to the first American drone model, the MQ-1 Predator, which first appeared in 1995.
The “evil birds” MQ-9 Reaper is widely used by the US military today is an upgraded version of the MQ-1 Predator and completely superior to the Russian Orion model. The MQ-9 Reaper can carry a weapon weight of up to 1.7 tons, and its speed, ceiling and range are completely superior to Orion.
The Russian army received 3 UCAV Orions in April 2020 but then returned it to the manufacturer for improved engine. The UCAV Orion model has so far been mass produced by Russia and has export potential.
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