The Orion unmanned aerial vehicle for the first time carried out launches of small-sized guided missiles. This was reported on December 28 by a source in the military-industrial complex.
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The shooting took place as part of the testing of a complex of weapons for unmanned aerial vehicles for shooting at ground targets. “Thus, this machine became the first Russian unmanned aerial vehicle to use this type of weapon,” RIA Novosti quoted a source as saying.
During the tests, the drone also worked out the use of guided gliding bombs. The massive entry of Orion into the army “will restore parity with a potential enemy in this class of equipment,” the source added.
Earlier that day, the Russian Ministry of Defense published a calendar for 2021, which for the first time captured the Orion drone (the Pacer project) in a shock version with suspended high-precision bombs.
The development of a new drone began in 2011 by order of the military department. Orion belongs to the class of long-duration medium-altitude vehicles. The device can be in flight for up to a day. Its maximum take-off weight is 1,100 kilograms, and it raises the load up to 250 kilograms.