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Unnamed drone convertoplane company "New Technologies"

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The bulk of modern unmanned aerial vehicles is a remote-controlled aircraft. The number and distribution of helicopters of this class is much smaller, and UAVs of other schemes can be counted on fingers. At the recent exhibition “Day of Innovations of the Ministry of Defense”, the Moscow company “New Technologies” presented an original and unexpected draft of a drone, made according to a convertoplan. In addition to the original architecture, several interesting technological solutions were applied to this project in this project.


So far, the nameless project of the New Technologies company involves the construction of relatively small devices of the original design. The prototype of the perspective machine presented at the exhibition is as follows. The fuselage of the 1,3 meter long meter has a large elongation, and its cross section is close to square. Inside it and on external blocks, it will be possible to install the necessary payload. In the middle part of the fuselage are attached two wings with a span of about one meter, with the front shifted to the bottom of the fuselage, and the rear - to the top. Such a solution was previously encountered on some experimental aircraft and was intended to optimize aerodynamics.

The power plant presented UAV consists of four electric motors. 2700 W motors are placed at the ends of the consoles and drive four two-bladed propellers. Since the promising drone is built according to the convertoplane scheme, all four rotor motor groups are rotating. Depending on the flight mode and operator commands, the screws are in a horizontal (vertical flight or hovering), vertical (horizontal flight) or inclined (transition from horizontal flight to a hanging or vice versa) position.

The normal takeoff weight of the new convertible plane is equal to 18 kilograms. Maximum - on 6 kg more. The device, according to official data, is able to take off vertically and, having developed motors with screws, accelerate in horizontal flight to 234 kilometers per hour. The longest duration and range of flight are achieved at a cruising speed of 150 km / h. Normal flight range and duration are 120 kilometers and one hour respectively. At the same time, representatives of the company-developer noted that the use of a special additional power system allows to increase the duration of the flight up to two days. Technical details of this power system have not yet been announced.

The dimensions, weight and capabilities of the new unnamed UAVs allow it to be used to solve a wide range of tasks related to observation and reconnaissance. There is no talk about striking positions or equipment of the enemy so far - the payload around kilogram 2,5 allows you to take on board only cameras, thermal imagers and transmitting equipment. However, in this form, the new UAV may be of interest to customers. The main advantage of this development is the original power plant, thanks to which the device combines the features of an airplane and a helicopter. It can fly up or hang vertically at a given point and quickly move to a relatively fast horizontal flight.

It is argued that the tiltrotor has advantages over both drone aircraft and remote-controlled helicopters. The former lose to him in their take-off and landing capabilities, while the latter cannot compete with him in range and duration of flight. Thus, the unmanned tiltrotor and similar devices of this class have all the chances to significantly press traditional systems, "winning" from them that part of the tactical tasks that require a long stay in the air, including in one place.

When creating the first prototype of a prospective UAV, New Technologies applied the original technological solution. "Rosinformbyuro", describing the device, quotes one of the authors of the project, A. Chekulaev. As the engineer said, the production of necessary parts was simple and independent of the so-called. human factor. Employees of the company-developer completed all the necessary three-dimensional computer models of parts. Further, without printing drawings, etc. “Traditional” methods information about the size and appearance of the parts was loaded into the 3D printer, which produced parts of the future drone. An inexpensive, but at the same time durable ABS plastic (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) was chosen as the main material for the hull and wings. This material has long been used in the production of various products, and the creation of a new UAV has shown its prospects in the field of such technology.

The company "New Technologies" attracted to the promising project the company "Aerob". The aim of cooperation was the creation of a control system for a convertible plane. As a result of the joint work of the two companies, a software and hardware complex has emerged that is capable of ensuring the operation of all systems. Among other possibilities of the electronics of the perspective UAV, it is possible to note the stated possibility of automatically returning to the place of launch.

Currently, the only prototype model of the promising drone-convertoplane is undergoing bench tests. Employees of "New Technologies" check the work of various systems, including the complex control system of thrust rotors. Bench tests, and then work on the final design of the system and systems will continue until the end of this year. The first free flight of the prospective vehicle is scheduled for the next 2014 year.

The timing of the start of assembling the first production UAVs created by the New Technologies company remains understandable for obvious reasons. However, this development is of particular interest to customers. A kind of confirmation of this can be considered the attention of several potential operators of new technology. Thus, the Russian Ministry of Defense, following the results of the Innovation Day exhibition, awarded the company New Technologies with an honorary diploma for the development of a convertible plane. Prospective machine has become one of the ten best UAVs presented at the exhibition. The United Arab Emirates military also showed their interest in the unmanned convertoplane. Representatives of the UAE expressed their willingness to buy a certain number of such devices and, if necessary, to finance the completion of their development.

It’s not completely clear what the statements, promises and other words of various interested officials will pour out. However, a drone-convertoplan really is a rather interesting development and therefore in the future it can have great prospects. In the meantime, the company-developer needs to complete the tests, create all the necessary information and promotional materials, and also - last but not least - come up with a name for the new UAV.


On the materials of the sites:
http://rosinform.ru/
http://neng.ru/
http://aerob.ru/
http://aviaport.ru/
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  1. NOMADE
    NOMADE 10 September 2013 07: 48 New
    +5
    Well done! An interesting device, as I understand the tandem scheme. I think it will be relatively not expensive. And only here is the statement about "another power source that will allow you to be in the air up to 2 sutos" - smacks of an analogue of the expression - "has no analogues in the world!" wassat Or is it with products from NaNoSkolokovo ?? Hopefully not spelled correctly.
    Such would be larger and with a rocket load bully
    With the UAE, be careful. Moreover, I did not like the fact that they reacted faster than our ministries concerned.
    1. Flooding
      Flooding 10 September 2013 10: 18 New
      +3
      Quote: article
      At the same time, representatives of the development company noted that the use of a special additional power system allows to increase the flight duration to two days.

      typo? up to two hours?
    2. Civil
      Civil 10 September 2013 13: 22 New
      +1
      This is not difficult if you want, but if there is no elementary base, then everything is a failure
    3. APASUS
      APASUS 10 September 2013 20: 01 New
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      Quote: NOMADE
      . I think it will be relatively not expensive

      Well, yes it will be cheap. There alone the control system will cost mom do not worry.
      Why our designers do not use a gyroplane system for UAVs? Reliably, just to the point of madness !!
    4. Starover_Z
      Starover_Z 14 September 2013 03: 42 New
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      With the UAE, be careful. Moreover, I did not like the fact that they reacted faster than our ministries concerned.

      That's it, join in! In the light of recent events in the Middle East, stripes peep over the shoulder of the UAE. I think there is more of their interest in the new product. They have large convertiplanes in operation, and they did not think of such an application for such devices. Don’t sell such a thing to anyone, although a wide display of the un-introduced new equipment is at least a slob. The idea was "highlighted"! am
  2. oops
    oops 10 September 2013 08: 46 New
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    Four engines of 2700 watts ?! And each diameter is just a couple of centimeters? This is a breakthrough in engine building!
    Such a convertiplane will fly faster than any cruise missile!
    1. Skiff_spb
      Skiff_spb 10 September 2013 09: 27 New
      +5
      This breakthrough is already 10 years old even in the consumer market of RU models. On the plane itself, there are 25x35 mm 250-watt Chinese motors at 15 bucks apiece, and for such things there is no problem at all.
      1. Flooding
        Flooding 10 September 2013 10: 29 New
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        Quote: Skiff_spb
        On the plane itself, there are 25x35 mm 250-watt Chinese engines at 15 bucks apiece

        The article modestly claimed 2,7 kW.
        here in 15 bucks does not fit.
    2. Ezhaak
      Ezhaak 10 September 2013 12: 26 New
      +1
      Quote: Oops
      And each diameter is just a couple of centimeters?

      Why are these numbers taken? Take the person’s face in the background, it has a width of 15-17cm, on average. So figure it out taking into account the prospects. I believe that the diameter of the engines is at least 100 mm
      1. Locksmith
        Locksmith 10 September 2013 15: 43 New
        +3
        Quote: Hedgehog
        Why are these numbers taken? Take the person’s face in the background, it has a width of 15-17cm, on average. So figure it out taking into account the prospects. I believe that the diameter of the engines is at least 100 mm

        A 2.7 kW model engine with a diameter of 50 mm, a length of 60 mm, a weight of 350 grams and a diameter of 10 cm will have at least 12 kW, here is a link to 5 kW http://www.helidirect.com/scorpion-hk-4525- 520-ultimate-brushless-motor-xl-versi
        on-700-helis-p-29262.hdx
        1. oops
          oops 10 September 2013 17: 16 New
          +1
          Really! Now kilowatt engines have become so small. Awesome!
    3. Uncle
      Uncle 10 September 2013 15: 22 New
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      Quote: Oops
      Four engines of 2700 watts ?! And each diameter is just a couple of centimeters?

      I wonder what kind of batteries are there to turn such powerful motors? And this, with a total weight of 18 kg, I think, is some kind of mistake.
      1. Skiff_spb
        Skiff_spb 11 September 2013 14: 21 New
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        Ordinary lithium-polymer batteries. They weigh a little, and the current is 20-80 times larger than the capacity they give without problems. I have simple batteries, placed in the palm of my hand, they give 120 amperes at a capacity of 5 hours.

        It’s just that while in the USSR and Russia, RU airplanes were toys for children - in the West it was actively developing and was quite a serious business, as a result, they already have everything: motors and batteries and everything else. And with us all this was accepted as toys for pioneers. And then the pioneers there grew up.
  3. pahom54
    pahom54 10 September 2013 09: 19 New
    +2
    And nice and joyful. And let EVERYONE know that Russian science and technology continues to develop!
    1. oops
      oops 10 September 2013 17: 23 New
      0
      Well, engines and batteries are probably made under the American license. Controllers for engines too. You can buy for a couple of prototypes, and for mass production, Americans can ban supplies.
      1. Locksmith
        Locksmith 10 September 2013 21: 10 New
        +2
        The controllers have long learned how to do in Russia, there is such a company as Marcus, model controllers are riveting, and they’re not bad, they will raise the element base, there’s nothing particularly complicated, motors, my God, it’s funny to say that the first rare earth magnets in the USSR were made wink , yes, such that the Chinese still cannot repeat, they do everything using powder technology, and ours were cast, more heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant, powder ones have a maximum of 200 degrees and a cordyk, a little moisture is another kirdyk. Ours fly far and high and fast, and for a very long time. wink Batteries-a plant has recently been built in Siberia, it will produce LiFePo4 batteries, they are more durable than Li-ion and Li-polymer, and the resource is longer, but harder due to the case. The technologies are related and if it is possible it is possible to arrange the production of LiIon batteries, so everything is solved, at least the modellers already make home-made motors and regulators, write programs and make brains for drones, even self-made gyroplanes appeared smile
        1. oops
          oops 10 September 2013 23: 05 New
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          Wonders! Right balm for the soul!
          There is, however, one oddity: those modellers that I previously read about, bought engines and controllers over the Internet. And not in Russia ...

          Then immediately my question arose: can these kilowatt engines work efficiently at low speeds?
          1. Avenich
            Avenich 11 September 2013 07: 45 New
            +1
            They do it themselves, on the Internet quite a few described purely Russian (but home) devices such as motors and controllers. Self-sculpted from the waste of the electronic industry controller for the collector model engine.
          2. Locksmith
            Locksmith 11 September 2013 15: 20 New
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            Quote: Oops
            those modellers that I previously read about, bought engines and controllers over the Internet. And not in Russia ...

            And now they are buying, modeling is like a big sport, athletes are buying the best that is made and no matter where. The Americans are willing to buy our model piston engines, they are highly quoted. Now, for example, helicopter pilots began to think about their own motors, I already spoke about controllers, at least they are assembled and whipped regularly from whales, simultaneously redoing the stator and partly the rotor, changing bearings, this has already become a sign of good taste.
  4. NOMADE
    NOMADE 10 September 2013 09: 31 New
    +1
    Quote: pahom54
    And nice and joyful. And let EVERYONE know that Russian science and technology continues to develop!


    No offense wink, but its engines, microcircuits, power supplies, 80-90 percent foreign.
    Our most likely: drawing, glider and software. But this car is also a kind of success.
    1. Corsair
      Corsair 10 September 2013 12: 57 New
      +2
      Quote: NOMADE
      Our most likely: drawing, glider and software. But this car is also a kind of success.

      You can apparently say, the ACTION in the approaches, the use of original aerodynamic schemes and design solutions.
      1. CTEPX
        CTEPX 10 September 2013 17: 28 New
        +1
        Quote: Corsair
        You can apparently say, the ACTION in the approaches,

        The progress in approaches will begin when similar systems come off with the hands of our military, and the rest will know about it during the "demonstration of the flag")).
  5. Kostyanich
    Kostyanich 10 September 2013 09: 33 New
    0
    The news is good, but !!
    as if there is only a reconnaissance option, but now we need shock and cargo
    and not a prototype but flying in the army
    Well, running in the real conditions of Syria
  6. PSih2097
    PSih2097 10 September 2013 11: 35 New
    +1
    Further, without printing drawings, etc. "Traditional" methods, information about the size and type of parts was loaded into a 3D printer, which made parts of the future drone.

    Well, if the trunks are printed on a 3D printer, then God himself ordered the housing for the drone (cheap and cheerful) ...
  7. USNik
    USNik 10 September 2013 12: 38 New
    0
    An excellent and necessary device. But with 2700 watts obviously got excited repeat . If you can fly up to 2 days, you can still believe (2-3 km of conductive wire is not a question), then it’s difficult to have such power supply.
    1. Uncle
      Uncle 10 September 2013 15: 26 New
      +1
      Quote: USNik
      2-3 km of conductive wire is not a question

      And how do you imagine a wire dragging an airplane along the ground? "Stirlitz walked along Berlin and nothing betrayed the Soviet intelligence, except for the canopy of the parachute trailing behind him." laughing
    2. Locksmith
      Locksmith 10 September 2013 15: 51 New
      +2
      Quote: USNik
      then in such a power ratio with difficulty.

      Modern brushless motors on rare earth magnets also have not such parameters wink , on my model of a helicopter there is a motor with a diameter of 50 mm, length 55 mm, weight 300 grams, continuous power 3.5 kW, peak 5 kW, it is powered by a lithium battery weighing 1200 grams, 44 volts with voltage, capacity 4a / h, if you do not twitch 10 minutes it hangs quietly, everything depends on the batteries and the tiltrotor is not a helicopter, such wild power is not needed there, my helicopter has a take-off weight of 4.4 kg. The rotor size is 1.4 meters. laughing
  8. mirag2
    mirag2 10 September 2013 14: 28 New
    0
    If this is our device, then this is super! If it is a working convertiplane, then the experience gained during its creation can be used and try to create a full-sized convertiplane.
  9. NOMADE
    NOMADE 10 September 2013 16: 28 New
    0
    Quote: Locksmith
    Quote: USNik
    then in such a power ratio with difficulty.

    Modern brushless motors on rare earth magnets also have not such parameters wink , on my model of a helicopter there is a motor with a diameter of 50 mm, length 55 mm, weight 300 grams, continuous power 3.5 kW, peak 5 kW, it is powered by a lithium battery weighing 1200 grams, 44 volts with voltage, capacity 4a / h, if you do not twitch 10 minutes it hangs quietly, everything depends on the batteries and the tiltrotor is not a helicopter, such wild power is not needed there, my helicopter has a take-off weight of 4.4 kg. The rotor size is 1.4 meters. laughing


    plus you! you can immediately see the soul mate;)) what kind of `train`?))
    1. Locksmith
      Locksmith 10 September 2013 20: 58 New
      +1
      Quote: NOMADE
      plus you! you can immediately see the soul mate;)) what kind of `train`?))

      Fusion 66 wink was 50.
  10. Nukem999
    Nukem999 10 September 2013 18: 18 New
    0
    Russia needs
    1. APASUS
      APASUS 11 September 2013 18: 53 New
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      Quote: Nukem999
      Russia needs

      The presentation of the material is very confusing, looks more like Fox News than News!
      As a rule, in such videos, which look more like advertising American weapons than reporting, there is no question price.
      How much is this X47B ??
      How many drones will the US budget pull ??
  11. mjay44mjay
    mjay44mjay 10 September 2013 19: 42 New
    0
    Our country is the smartest in centuries, our people have always come up with something, and overseas have used it, but still we are stronger and not more victorious, because we know our Motherland and our Earth.
  12. 101
    101 10 September 2013 20: 35 New
    -1
    Quote: mjay44mjay
    Our country is the smartest in centuries, our people have always come up with something, and overseas have used it, but still we are stronger and not more victorious, because we know our Motherland and our Earth.

    Plus, from me Semyon Semenych for the fact that he looks like a grandson Only with a grandson, because we are RUSSIAN
  13. Urri
    Urri 10 September 2013 23: 33 New
    0
    Quote: Uncle
    I wonder what kind of batteries are there to turn such powerful motors?


    Perhaps molecular capacitors. Or fairly modern fuel cells.

    Quote: mirag2
    If this is our device, then this is super!


    Why these jumps. Well, the boys increased in size the usual quadrocopter, changing the skeleton (the supporting structure of the fuselage). What is fundamentally new? Now, if he flew on the structuring of Brownian motion of air molecules, then yes, super.