Military Drones in Russia. Toys For the Big boys.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle(UAV) or Drones. We’re all aware of these words lately. They’re both, a technological marvel and a Mass destruction weapon. The Military UAVs are a part of modern warfare in most parts of the world now, used for patrolling and dropping missiles on an accurate target. Improving and being used as you read. USA is said to have the biggest and most advanced fleet of Military UAVs.
The International Institute for Strategic Studies identifies only 11 countries – the US, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, the UK, Russia, China, India, Iran and Israel – who currently possess armed military drones. The Global Military UAV market is estimated to become an $82 billion industry by 2020.
Russia’s capabilities are quickly developing. It is predicted to build drones with technologies at par with their American counterparts. Russia has allocated a giant fund of $12 billion through 2020 towards the development of military UAV and it’s aiming to build a Military UAV base just 420 miles off the mainland Alaska.
In 2012, Vladimir Putin announced that “unpiloted aircraft are being used more and more actively in armed conflicts; and I must say, they are being used effectively.” He added, “We need the full line, including automated strike aircraft, reconnaissance drones and other systems… It is imperative to involve best engineering and science bureaus and centers in this effort.”
The development of technologies for building drones in Russia often have to be created from scratch, since the ‘90s didn’t prove very productive for the technological advancements in the Russian Military, and while the world was busy developing the remote-controlled killers Russia was left behind. Although there is still some of the old aviation technology. For this reason the flagship production of UAVs has been done by the aviation giants MiG, Sukhoi, etc. who have an experience and technology to beat the American standards.
Next in line under development are the UAV cameras allowing recognition of visual spectra that are invisible to the human eye. Engineers have apparently set-up special design offices capable of building drones from scratch, i.e, from a blue-print to the installation of little electronic sensors and circuits and finishing.
But come what may, Russia has been a World superpower since the times of The Soviet Union, and it has all of it’s intel focused on this project right now. The end of the decade is apparently expected to have a handful of toys for Russia.