Pavel Kashchuk, founder of the project infocar.ua and the host of the famous among motorists of the same name YouTube channel published on his Facebook page video, in which he demonstrated what the main tactical drone Orlan-10 used by the Russian army is equipped with. You will not believe it, but in addition to a fuel tank with a neck from an ordinary plastic bottle (somewhere we have already seen these technology class "analo shit" ), the aircraft uses a regular consumer Canon SLR camera with controls covered in glue.
In general, this, of course, is a completely working solution, but somehow it does not fit well with the image of the “second army of the world”, exalted by Russian propaganda. Not to mention the fact that there is no smell of any “import substitution” in military technologies. Russia, in principle, is not capable of producing any modern electronic components, especially of a military level (that is, with much greater requirements for environmental conditions, durability, and so on).
Similarly, the use of elements of a plastic water bottle in the design of the UAV does not affect the functionality of the aircraft in any way. But somehow it looks like a completely antediluvian solution from the tutorial "How to build a modern drone from shit and sticks." This is not about the antediluvian Kassam rockets, assembled on the knee by Hamas fighters, but about a mass-produced (at the corresponding military factories with a conditionally unlimited, and therefore plundered budget) aircraft, produced in hundreds of pieces.
What is the UAV "Orlan-10"
The unmanned aerial vehicle Orlan-10 was developed by the Russian enterprise "Special Technology Center "and is the main UAV of the Russian army, used for aerial photography and artillery fire adjustment. UAVs of the Orlan series are a monoplane with a wingspan of 3.1 meters, equipped with a gasoline engine and launched from a catapult. With a takeoff weight of 14 kilograms, it is capable of carrying up to 5 kilograms of payload (this is not an attack drone, it cannot carry weapons, we are talking only about cameras for aerial photography). The maximum speed of such a device is 150 km / h, the range is from 50 to 120 km (with a flight range of 600 km). The drone can stay in the air for 10 to 16.5 hours at an altitude of up to 5,000 meters and lands by parachute. One combat crew can simultaneously control up to 4 drones, each of which is capable of flying along a route that includes up to 60 points on the map or in loitering mode.
Wikipedia informs about more than 1000 issued copies of this drone, which is in service with the armies of Russia and Kazakhstan. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the current day of the war 112 tactical UAVs shot down enemy. At the same time, as we know, not all of them are Orlan-10 models, there is information about newer models.
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