Russia unveiled its Katran rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during the Victory Day Parade in May. “The trials of the Katran UAV are scheduled for this summer [mid-2018],” a Russian aerospace industry source told Jane's .
The Katran is designed for firesupport and reconnaissance missions, and carries a photo or TV camera, or a thermal imager. It features a co-axial rotor scheme and can land at unpaved airstrips.
The Katran UAV has two distinctive round air intakes, shown here without covers.Photo by: Nikolai Novichkov
The Katran has a normal take-off weight of 340 kg for best performance, but can accommodate a maximum take-off weight of 490 kg if necessary. The vehicle carries a 60 kg payload.