Unmanned aerial drones expected to be tested by 2014
Frst Deputy of the Defense Ministry Alexander Sukhorukov made the announcement during his visit to the Ural Turbine Plant in Yekaterinburg on April 20, English.Pravda.ru reports.
Contracts were signed last year with Falcon and Transas for the design and construction of the Russian drones. Sukhorukov said that in a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin last week that it is believed the companies would make good on the contracts.
Russia's past with trying to develop drones, however, has been unsuccessful, with billions wasted on development and some critics saying Russia has too little experience in creating drones, according to English.Pravda.ru.
Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Vladimir Popovkin said that more than $170.43 million has been spent in developing drones and has not produced desired results.
In 2010, Popovkin said, tests of all Russian unmanned aerial drones were conducted and none of them could stand the test program.
Additionally, Popovkin said that Russian drones are far inferior to other countries and the hopes of the military having something worthy of flying in 2014 are lofty, according to English.Pravda.ru.
In 2010, Oboronprom signed a contract with IAI, an Israeli company, that saw Russia enter into a joint venture to build unmanned aerial vehicles. Under the $400 million contact, Israel would supply the parts and labor for the drones.
Sources said that production of the unmanned aircrafts on the Israeli license began this past February at the Ural Works of Civil Aviation.
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