Armed with the army of the Russian Federation, it is possible that in the near future an unmanned long-range aircraft will appear. Interestingly, this was stated by the American edition of The Washington Free Beacon, analyzing images from the factory in Tatarstan, which appeared in February, but were later removed.
American experts have suggested that this would be a shock UAV flying at medium or high altitude. These conclusions were made on the basis of the span of the wing and the V-shaped tail. Experts also noted that the device is similar to the American MQ-Reaper UAV.
Despite the fact that the new Russian drone will be able to fly long distances, he, according to American experts, is still much inferior in conducting an air battle to drones of other countries, for example, the United States, which have already proven themselves in combat operations. For example, recently an American drone eliminated the leader of the Pakistani Taliban.
In Russia, the drone, the development of which is conducted in secrecy, is likely to go into service in the 2016 year. According to experts, Russia still still relies on manned aircraft, therefore, as far as unmanned vehicles are concerned, the country is lagging behind.
Note that some time ago, Russian experts said that by 2015-2016, Russian unmanned aircraft would become one of the lightest in the world. As the engineers of the Tver All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Synthetic Fiber (VNIISV), a member of the holding company RT-Chemcomposite, have reported, a unique technology has been developed to produce high-strength reinforcing filaments from ultrahigh-molecular polyethylene (UHMWPE). According to scientists, the new threads in the composition of composite materials will reduce the mass of the airframe of unmanned aerial vehicles 2-2,5 times.