MOSCOW, February 21 – RIA Novosti. Russia has returned to the top league of countries that have their own systems of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a qualitative step forward is the use of shock UAVs in the Russian army, Denis Fedutinov, a leading Russian expert in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles, told RIA Novosti.
According to him, the beginning of the use of attack drones in the Russian army “represents a qualitative step forward in the development of the drone fleet owned by the Russian Armed Forces and the expansion of its functionality.”
“The return of Russia to the top league of countries with their own UAV systems, which is being demonstrated today, has its roots in 2010-2011, when the vision of a promising line of unmanned aircraft systems was formed, technical specifications for industrial companies were formulated, and funding for new projects was justified,” – added Fedutinov.
The expert noted that the USSR had sufficient competence in the field of unmanned aircraft – domestic developments of the 60s-80s of the last century corresponded to the level of the world's leading developments of that time, which ensured parity with any potential enemy.
“However, further, due to both objective reasons and due to subjective errors in the setting of priorities, two decades followed, during which Russia experienced a stagnation in the development of this topic. – says Fedutinov. New weapon of Russia
According to him, this explains why it took a significant time and considerable financial costs to regain its rightful place in the field of unmanned vehicles. It was necessary to create such own subsystems as engines, communication systems, navigation and control systems, reconnaissance and surveillance systems, weapons and the like. “This was the inevitable price of independence from foreign suppliers, aggravated by the existing problems in the domestic industry,” Fedutinov notes.
At the same time, the expert pointed out, the amount of work performed over the past decade on the UAV topic, the formed design teams and the created scientific and technical groundwork will allow the implementation of promising projects in a shorter time frame. “And new projects should be initiated today, so as not to be in the position of catching up again,” concluded Fedutinov.