Development of unmanned aircraft on Military-Technical Forum "ARMY-2020"

2020-09-03

On August 29, Military-Technical Forum "Army-2020" ended, although only a few months ago this event was under the big question due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the forum was held and the results were impressive.

Over 7 days, there were more than 20 conferences, round tables, and panel discussions, which covered 41 thematic sections - from unmanned and robotic systems to nuclear weapons systems. According to the Major General of the Russian Defense Ministry Andrey Goncharov, a record number of state contracts were signed at the forum- 41 contracts for the supply and modernization of military equipment with a sum of more than 1.16 trillion rubles.

Mostly participants and visitors of the forum were impressed by the display of domestic unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Here, at Army 2020, "Kronshtadt" presented the "Orion" and "Sirius", reconnaissance, and strike systems with an impressive set of weapons that have great trading potential.






The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) presented a helicopter-type heavy UAV equipped with radar and optical equipment. With the help of such a drone, from May to June 2020, there was an expedition conducted to determine the morphometric and morphological characteristics, structure, texture, and physical and mechanical properties of the snow and ice cover of the Ob Bay of the Kara sea.

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"Eniks" presented "Aileron-7" to carry out reconnaissance flights. The duration of the flight of such a UAV reaches four hours, and the maximum altitude is five thousand meters.





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Svyaz Spetszashchita LLC presented the development of a hybrid mobile unmanned complex "Sea Drone MG", designed for reconnaissance, coast guard, and Maritime border patrol. A distinctive feature of this UAV is the resistance to the saltwater and its ability to operate at temperatures up to -40 degrees Celsius with the possibility to land it on water and briefly dive up to one meter.





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The developer and manufacturer of the radar MMS UAV introduced the participants and visitors of the forum to a multi-purpose complex based on an unmanned helicopter-type aviation system. The complex was developed for the Search and Rescue Service (SAR) of the EMERCOM of Saint Petersburg. The unmanned helicopter can be equipped with various payloads, a multispectral camera, a gamma radiation dosimeter, sound equipment, a searchlight, a container, a magnetometric system, and a small-sized radar.





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Another domestic developer and manufacturer "DIAM-AERO" presented the "DIAM 20" UAS with an internal combustion engine designed to perform work on remote, extended, and large-area objects. The aircraft itself, depending on the user's requirements, can be equipped with a high-resolution camera, a thermal imager, and a multispectral camera, as well as carry out cargo delivery in a special box.





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The stand of the Russian manufacturer and developer ZALA AERO GROUP, which is part of the Kalashnikov Concern, was most impressive at the exhibition. This year, the company presented a complete update of the ZALA production line, an education complex for training UAV operators with a Virtual Reality module and weapons against drones REX-2. For the first time, ZALA demonstrated its Zala 421-16EV vertical take-off and landing system, which can stay in the air for up to 2 hours, and at the same time has a cruising speed of up to 110 km / h. Its main advantage is that there is no need to use a specially equipped launch platform, as well as full compatibility with payloads, ground controls, software, and hardware solutions of ZALA UAV range.




Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that he was "not just surprised, but very pleased that we made such a breakthrough in unmanned aviation this year." And he promised that by the end of the year, a large number of contracts will be signed to purchase new drones for the Armed Forces.




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