The United Instrument-Manufacturing Corporation, part of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec, has produced the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the use of the 3D printing technology, a corporation spokesman told TASS.
The unmanned aerial vehicle was unveiled at the International Trade Fair INNOPROM 2016 in Yekaterinburg in the Urals, the spokesman added.
“The advanced unmanned aerial vehicle can carry video equipment and accomplish terrain reconnaissance and surveillance tasks,” the spokesman said.
“The UAV’s load-bearing elements, in particular, the fuselage, the wing and the empennage, are integrated with its skin to decrease its weight, make it more rigid and improve its aerodynamic characteristics,” the spokesman added.
According to him, it takes about 24 hours to manufacture an unmanned aerial vehicle of this type. Only 15-20 minutes are needed before the takeoff to assemble its components.
The unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Luch Design Bureau, which is a Rostec subsidiary, has passed development flight tests. It can operate at a range of 50 kilometers (31 miles) and is powered by a Russian-made engine.
The unmanned aerial vehicle has a weight of less than four kilograms and a wing span of 2.4 meters.