The St. Petersburg-based joint-stock company Navigator has developed a multi-functional Korma system designed to ensure navigation and interaction among manned flying craft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and land them on ship decks.

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The Russian Navy’s naval aviation has shown interest in the Korma system, Navigator’s press service said.

Unlike other well-known similar systems the Korma (deck) ensures an instrument landing approach of piloted flying craft and unmanned aerial vehicles both at stationary airfields and landing grounds and at ships," the Navigator Company said. The Korma system has a function of landing approach to a ship that operates by using data from the satellite navigation system.

Korma’s main advantages include a protected data exchange channel, small size and weight of ground and onboard equipment and the system’s uniform serial components. The Russian Navy’s naval aviation, the JSC Kamov and a number of design bureaus of naval shipbuilding have shown interest in the introduction of the Korma system.

The Korma system comprises a number of items, which are already operated on various modifications of Mi-8 helicopters, including the Arctic variants of the Mi-8 AMTSH helicopter of the Russian Defense Ministry; Mi-171A2, Ka-226 and Ka-62 Ansat helicopters; the Yak-152 and L-410 aircraft as well as Orion drones developed by the Kronstadt Group.

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