Saturday, September 23, 2017

Rostec subsidiary debuts Chirok drone at Innoprom in Yekaterinburg

The Russian United Instrument-Making Corporation, a subsidiary of Rostec, debuted its Chirok drone last week at the Innoprom 2014 exhibition in Yekaterinburg.

Prior to its Innoprom debut, Chirok was tested in the Moscow region city of Zhukovsky during the MAKS air show. Chirok is the only drone ever constructed with an air-cushion landing system, RIA Novosti reports.

"The innovative technology, air-cushion landing system, allows the drone to take off without an air strip," the Russian United Instrument-Making Corporation's press system said, according to RIA Novosti. "This technology is absolutely unique. The drone is able to take off from soft soil, water, marshy terrain and loose snow. It can also land on these surfaces, whereas other aircraft can neither take off from nor land on them."

Chirok's developers designed the drone for use in several observational situations, including the monitoring of forest fires, disaster areas and traffic conditions. In military applications, Chirok can be used for reconnaissance and may also be fit with weapons for offensive operations.

Capable of taking off at a maximum weight of 1,543 pounds, Chirok has a payload weight capacity of up to 661 pounds. It can operate at elevations of up to 19,600 feet, making the drone ideal for bomb transport and deploying high-precision missiles. Chirok can travel up to 1,550 miles while operated remotely, according to RIA Novosti.