Ukrainian aerospace company Antonov unveiled a scale model of the long-endurance unmanned aircraft system at the military exhibition in Kyiv.
According to the company’s statement, Antonov developing a new generation of the long-endurance unmanned aircraft system for surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
The new unmanned aircraft system (UAS) will be used as a high-altitude platform covering a unique capability to perform strike, coordination, and reconnaissance against high-value, fleeting, and time-sensitive targets.
The unusual feature of new UAS is are mounting of rotor engines mounted at the end of each tailplane. The UAS will have a maximum take-off weight of 6,000 kg and can carry a payload of 400-600 kg. It has a maximum flight altitude of 12,200 m and a speed of 310-420 km/h.
The Antonov’s UAS is approximately 13,9 m in length, has a 24,63 m wingspan and is powered by a two engine.
The unmanned system incorporates nine pods under the wings to carry munitions for combat operations. Each pod has can carry air-to-ground missiles or other precision weapons.
The new UAS will be the first high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle in the company’s portfolio.