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Current Russian UAVs were designed during the Soviet era

Drones and UAVs are a key part of the U.S. Military's reconnaissance gathering capabilities. Drones used for recon are small aircraft that are hard to see on radar and capable of loitering around a target for hours on end without risking the lives of U.S. soldiers in the process. The U.S. military also plans to use drones to help resupply troops in remote locations.

While the U.S. has very advanced UAV's in its arsenal, Russia is laboring with UAV technology that is years behind the United States. Defense Technology International (DTI) reports that most of the Russian UAVs in service were designed in the Soviet era and are obsolete.

The UAVs in the Russian military are so obsolete that they are rarely used. Last summer, Russians used an old Tu-22 bomber to perform a recon mission, and the bomber was subsequently shot down while on the mission. DTI reported that using the ancient Tu-22 bomber for a manned recon mission was the equivalent to the 21st century version of a cavalry charge.

The Russian military are testing several more modern UAVs for integration into its arsenal. Among the designs being considered are the Tipchak from the Luch design bureau of Rybinsk. The aircraft is a 110-pound BLA-05 drone that is catapult launched and powered by a 12 HP piston engine. The 2.4-meter long aircraft has a 3.4-meter wingspan and carries TV/infrared cameras for up to 43 miles and has a three-hour flight time -- top speed is pegged at 124 MPH.

The Transas company is also demonstrating its UAV to the Russian military called the Dozor-4. Dozor-4 has a ceiling of 3,000 meters and has a 12.5kg payload that includes a digital camera and thermal imager. The aircraft is capable of beaming imagery in real-time for up to 100km from its base station. Images taken are automatically plotted onto a digital map using TopoAxis software from the company after returning from its mission.

The Dozer-4 was reportedly used in a search-and-rescue mission during its demonstration to assist in finding a competitors downed UAV. Dozor-4 flew at 1500 meters altitude for over 75 KM searching for the downed UAV. The Dozor-4 was ultimately recommended for Russia's UAV platform.



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By pandatech on 3/23/2009 7:28:52 PM , Rating: -1
wow this is Sad, Russia must gain it's innovative credibilty
the israelis have drones to kill war ships with kamikaze accuracy.a half a million dollar drone can take these american pig warships. that's innovation. DEATH TO ALL AMERICAN PIG LIARS AND FRAUDULANT CAPITALIST WAYS.




By Farfignewton on 3/23/2009 7:55:53 PM , Rating: 3
DEATH TO THOSE WHO WISH DEATH ON OTHERS!

Yeah, yeah. Should this come to pass, I'd like a small memorial and a moment of silence to commemorate my sacrifice for the good of humanity. ;)


By Felofasofa on 3/23/2009 8:20:47 PM , Rating: 2
It's more like death to piloted warfare as we know it. The age of buzz-droids is upon us, and it won't be just the military who will have these toys. How far away are we from seeing stealthy UAV's taking off from Columbia and land in the US?


By lilbanhbaoguy on 3/23/2009 8:21:05 PM , Rating: 3
Americans have UAV's that can fly kamikaze missions too. But they don't cost half a million bucks. And they aren't called UAV's or drones.

We call them missiles.


By ManixT on 3/24/2009 7:47:52 AM , Rating: 5
I find it highly unlikely that these drones can exceed the >3700km range of the AGM-129 or even the >2500km range of the BGM-109. Not to mention they're unlikely able to exceed the speed required to get past localized ship defenses (Phalanx, RIM-116, etc..). I also have doubts that Israel would attack its largest ally.

By the way, if you're going to hate America and capitalism so much, you might want to stop using things that have come to fruition there (like the internet, electric lighting, the CPU, trains, refrigerators, motorcycles, telephone, radio, etc..), you wouldn't want people thinking you are a hypocrite. But anyway, don't let me interrupt your hatred of America.

DEATH TO AMERICA!


By Chemical Chris on 3/23/2009 10:44:02 PM , Rating: 2
They cost *at least* a half million buxs (more or less). The harpoon is listed at 720K on wiki....
Not cheap to bring death and destruction....but easy!

ChemC


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