The Ministry of Defense has signed a contract for the supply of the first batch of Altius strike drones weighing six tons. This is stated in the materials for the report of the Minister of Industry of Tatarstan Albert Karimov.
“As part of the implementation of the state contract for R&D (development work)” Altius-RU “for the development of UAVs by a separate subdivision No. 2 of JSC” Ural Civil Aviation Plant “(UZGA) in Kazan, protection and closure of the” Technical project “stage was successfully completed. a state contract for the manufacture and supply of a pilot batch of UAVs, “the materials say.
The production of this batch is included in the plant’s targets for 2021.
Since 2011, the Kazan Design Bureau named after Simonov has been developing the Altius drone (also called Altair) by order of the Ministry of Defense. Its flight tests began in the summer of 2016. In 2018, the project was transferred to the Ural Civil Aviation Plant (UZGA).
On August 20, 2019, the Ministry of Defense announced the first flight of the Altius-U drone, which was created after testing a number of prototypes, and in December of the same year, the Ministry and UZGA signed a contract for the development of a drone in the final form – Altius-RU.
This is a six-ton reconnaissance and strike complex with a long-duration drone. Such drones will be equipped with satellite communications and elements of artificial intelligence capable of interacting with manned aircraft. It was reported that the “Altius” will be able to carry up to two tons of combat load.