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Russian Altius-U Reconnaissance Drone Makes First Flight

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Russia’s Recon Drone Takes Off As Military Touts 24-Hour Flight Time

(Source: Moscow Times; posted Aug. 20, 2019)

Russia’s new Altius-U large unmanned reconnaissance aircraft takes off on its first flight, just a fortnight after the first flight of the Okhotnik unmanned combat aerial vehicle. Russia seems intent on catching up with the West in this field. (RUS MoD photo)

MOSCOW --- The Russian military has unveiled footage of a reconnaissance drone, which it claims can fly for over 24 hours, performing its first flight.

Previous reporting has suggested that Russia’s long-endurance armed drone project had been beset by cost overruns and delays.

Russia’s Altius-U boasts an “entire spectrum of reconnaissance tasks using optical, radio and radar means” in addition to its flight time of more than 24 hours, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

The Altius-U’s first test flight lasted 32 minutes at an altitude of up to 800 meters, the Defense Ministry said.

The minute-long video shows the Altius-U taking off from a runway, cruising over urban terrain and landing.

The Defense Ministry says the unmanned vehicle weighs 6 metric tons.