Russian Helicopters to Complete Drone Helicopter Certification in 2019
The drone helicopters of the Russian Helicopters will complete the certification in 2019. Andrei Boginsky, Chief Executive Officer, Russian Helicopters, has said that the tests of a coaxial-rotor drone helicopter, which is capable of carrying up to 150 kg of payload including armaments and the monitoring system, will be completed in 18 months. The serial production of the drone can be considered once the tests are completed.
"For the helicopter drone, there is a program of tests. We see high interest for the drones from oil and gas sector companies operating the Northern Sea Route. It means ice reconnaissance and the sea route exploration. We see the demand and hope we will complete this procedure by the latter half of 2019," Boginsky said.
The drone helicopter has the ability to carry up to 150 kg of payload, produce velocity up to 150 km per hour and perform flights with duration up to four hours. The system will be controlled and carried by an independent ground station on Kamaz truck base.