Russia Develops New Tactical Reconnaissance Drone System

UAV demonstration flights in Moscow region

Russia’s research and manufacturing association Aviation Systems has developed the TAKR 7001 tactical reconnaissance drone system, which comprises fixed-wing and multi-rotor unified unmanned aerial vehicles, a source in the company told Sputnik.
According to the source, the fixed-wing drone, dubbed K-0106, is a high-wing monoplane powered by a single turboprop in tractor configuration. The drone has a takeoff weight of up to 6.5 kilograms (over 14 pounds) and can stay in the air for up to 1.5 hours.
The multi-rotor drone, dubbed K-0107, is a quadcopter with four rotors placed on folding radial beams. The UAV has a takeoff weight of up to 5.1 kilograms (over 11 pounds) and can fly for about an hour.
Both drones use a communications system developed by the Aviation Systems company, which allows ground operators to maintain control over the vehicles at a distance of up to 15 kilometers (over 9 miles). The drones are equipped with a unified optical reconnaissance system that is capable of identifying people at a distance of 1.5 kilometers at daytime and one kilometer at night.
Russia is currently carrying out a large-scale rearmament program, announced in 2010, to achieve a 70-percent modernization of its military hardware by 2020.