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State-of-the-art maritime platform being developed to carry deck-based drones – Military & Defense

MOSCOW, December 13. /TASS/. Russia is developing a state-of-the-art navy platform that will serve as a flight deck for tactical and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles, a shipbuilding industry source told TASS on Monday.

“Today, work is underway to design a multi-purpose platform for the Navy to carry large numbers of tactical drones and unmanned aerial vehicles with reconnaissance capabilities,” the source said.

The maritime platform is intended to transport medium and light rotary and fixed wing drones. These latest drones will be launched from a ship by a pneumatic catapult, he said. “The on-board platform for unmanned and autonomous systems will enable their tactical use along coastal terrain and in open ocean areas,” the source added.

A number of requirements will have to be complied with for deck-based drones, he pointed out. “This is to protect the on-board electronics from the harsh maritime environment, to ensure increased precision of the instruments for the landing and to provide for the improved frame of the drones in the event of a crash on the bridge”, a-t -He specifies.

TASS has no official confirmation of this information yet.

The Russian Navy currently operates Orlan-10 drones developed by the Special Technological Center for Naval Aviation in 2010. The performance characteristics of the drone allow it to be used both on land and on ships. Russian naval aviation airfields also use Forpost drones capable of tracking uncovered naval and coastal targets and simultaneously transmitting target acquisition data. The drone was successfully used in conjunction with the Kalibr and Oniks on-board missile systems.