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Thailand intends to develop its own drone drone

Thailand intends to develop its own drone drone

Layout Sky Scout-X at an exhibition in Bangkok

Thailand intends to adopt a self-developed strike drone in the near future. A model of the future drone was presented at the Defense & Security 2019 exhibition in Bangkok.

The development of an attack drone, called Sky Scout-X, is led by the Thai company RV Connex, based on the reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle Sky Scout. The model shown at an exhibition in Bangkok was on display with the French promising LightFall LMF missiles capable of hitting both ground and air targets.

According to "NPlus1", the project to develop an attack drone based on Sky Scout is currently at the stage of technical analysis. RVConnex believes that flight tests with simultaneous live firing of the strike version of the reconnaissance vehicle as part of the tests will take place no earlier than in 2,5 of the year.

The development of the shock version of the reconnaissance drone was commissioned by the Thai Ministry of Defense. Currently, the Thai army is armed with 17 Sky Scout reconnaissance vehicles, with the army designation RTAF U1.

In the reconnaissance version, the drone has a length of 3,6 meters and a wingspan of 6 meters. Maximum take-off weight - 140 kg, payload mass - 10 kg. The device is equipped with a boxer engine with 25 horsepower. Time in air - up to 6 hours, speed - up to 58 knots (107 kilometers per hour). The range of the apparatus on the control channel is 100 km.

What performance characteristics the drone version of the drone will have is still unknown.

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  1. Thrifty
    Thrifty 22 November 2019 14: 25
    10 kg of weapons, this is either a joke, or for hunting frogs, is really not serious!
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  2. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 22 November 2019 14: 33
    I think that they can quite cope. Is the load too small? So dashing trouble began. Train and create more.
  3. gridasov
    gridasov 22 November 2019 14: 42
    It can help the guys with the development of the propulsion device, and on it the board will fly with a payload
    1. Obi-Wan Kenobi
      Obi-Wan Kenobi 22 November 2019 14: 50
      Even Thailand has its own drone. In give the guys.
      It can help the guys with the development of the propulsion device, and on it the board will fly with a payload

      Who would help us with the development of engines!
      1. gridasov
        gridasov 22 November 2019 16: 53
        You apparently are not familiar with the bot Gridasov. As I already wrote, I rewrote that we offer a fundamentally new type of propulsion device that can replace screws, propellers, impellers, etc. But which is built on fundamentally new algorithms for organizing processes in it. Even this scripture is shocking and leads to stupor. But we are talking about real and obvious solutions. And do you think anyone is interested?
    2. RUSS
      RUSS 22 November 2019 15: 37
      Quote: gridasov
      It can help the guys with the development of the propulsion device, and on it the board will fly with a payload

      Help yourself.

      The Ministry of Defense sued the only developer of a heavy high-altitude drone.

      The Russian Ministry of Defense requires to recover 643,8 million rubles. with the Kazan Design Bureau. Simonov, developing the only project of the Russian long-range drone and long-range flight (HALE). The lawsuit arrived on November 14 at the Moscow Arbitration Court, the content of the claims in the files of the file cabinet is missing. The parties themselves do not disclose the details of the case.

      According to the manager of one of the defense enterprises, the lawsuit may be related precisely to the failure to fulfill obligations under the contract for the development of the HALE class drone (code "Altius-O"), which was signed between the Ministry of Defense and OKB in November 2014 in the amount of 3,6 billion rubles From 2014 to 2018, three flight models were built at the KAPO-composite, created in one of the workshops of the Kazan aircraft plant. Development went with difficulties: the drone began limited factory tests, but there was not enough money allocated to complete the development. In 2017, OKB presented a civilian version of the UAV, for the development of which it was planned to receive up to 2 billion rubles in the Ministry of Industry and Trade. subsidies. However, in April 2018, the Director General of the Design Bureau named after Simonov Alexander Gomzin was arrested on charges of abuse of power in connection with the investigation by the Investigative Committee of the case on the use of subsidies from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Gomzin was removed from his post, and the Ministry of Defense appointed the Ural Civil Aviation Plant (UZGA), a private owner of the Altius project, while the actual development of the apparatus remained in Kazan. In an interview with Vedomosti, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov called this step correct: "Work on Altius was really slowed down, the head organization in Kazan had problems, and criminal cases were opened against the head."
      1. gridasov
        gridasov 22 November 2019 16: 47
        I laugh until I can. it was immediately clear that a scam. The investor has no corny expert!? Composite or stone aircraft is not important. The main thing is to have an engine - simple, reliable, quiet, economical, and most importantly with sufficient energy consumption.
  4. cat Rusich
    cat Rusich 22 November 2019 21: 25
    Thailand is developing its UAVs - Ukraine buys UAVs in Turkey. UAE collects its light combat aircraft - Ukraine is going to buy the same in Brazil ... When Ukraine starts buying tanks and from whom?