Ural Civil Plant aviation completed the testing of an experimental model of a promising unmanned aerial vehicle Altius-U. It is reported by RIA News with reference to a source in the military-industrial complex.
According to a news agency source, the test was carried out by an apparatus equipped with a satellite data exchange and control channel. The first flight of an unmanned vehicle in the Altius-U version took place in August last year.
Altius-U is the final appearance of a drone created as a result of the development and testing of a number of prototypes within the Altair project. The latest unmanned system is capable of performing the entire spectrum of reconnaissance missions using optical, radio engineering and radar means and is in the air for more than a day.
UAV Altius has a wingspan of 28,5 m, a length of 11,6 m, and take-off weight of 6 tons. The flight altitude is 12 thousand meters, the flight range is up to 10 thousand km. In this case, the UAV can be in the air for up to 48 hours. The installed equipment allows reconnaissance at a great distance. The drone can also be controlled via satellite, which makes its range almost unlimited.
At the end of August last year, the Ministry of Defense announced that the Navy will receive a marine version of the latest Russian ultra-long drone Altius. The decision to create an UAV for sailors was made at the beginning of 2019.