Russia has received five foreign applications for Orion-E attack unmanned aerial vehicles armed with Vikhr-M missiles.
A source in the military-industrial complex reported this. RIA News… These are customers from near and far abroad countries. A little earlier in the St. Petersburg company “Kronstadt”, which develops drones, declares that they have completed ground testing of “Orions” with “Vikhr” missiles. Now flight tests are planned with firing from the UAV.
RG wrote that the Orion drones, which are purchased by foreign customers, operate via foreign satellites. And tests of satellite communication have already been carried out using the orbital-frequency resource of several spacecraft in geostationary orbit, when an onboard antenna on a drone and ground control is used to a satellite, and the necessary information, control commands, telemetry are transmitted through it.
Orion is a long-duration medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle. Its takeoff weight is 1150 kilograms, its cruising speed is 200 kilometers per hour, and it can take off seven kilometers into the air. The Vikhr rocket was created in the Kalashnikov group of companies. It is able to penetrate a homogeneous armor with a thickness of 750 millimeters behind ERA.