Orlan-10 UAVs conduct maximum-range reconnaissance in drills

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the Central Military District’s combined-arms large unit based in Siberia have practiced maximum-range reconnaissance and control transfer to an alternate command post, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said.

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Orlan 10 UAVs conduct maximum range reconnaissance in drills 01 Orlan-10 UAV (Picture source: mil.ru)

“Under the exercise’s scenario, Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles were tasked to search for a simulated enemy’s military hardware and camp at a long distance from the base station,” the press office said.

“An Orlan-10 unmanned aerial system was launched from the Yurga training range in the Kemerovo Region [in western Siberia] to conduct aerial reconnaissance in the Altai Territory [in south Siberia],” the press office added.

During the flight, UAV control was transferred to an alternate command post. This allowed servicemen in the Altai Territory to take control over the drone when it was within their visual field.

During the flight that lasted more than eight hours, the drone covered a distance of more than 800 km [497 mi] and returned to the launch site.

About Orlan-10:

The Orlan-10 systems can control four drones simultaneously. It can also organize a network of 30 operators to control the payloads of simultaneously launched drones.
Orlan-10 takeoff weight is 14 kg and the payload is up to 5 kg. It is equipped with a photo camera, gyro-stabilized TV camera and an infrared imager. The cruising speed is 90-150 km/h and the practical ceiling is 5000 meters. Flight duration is 16 hours and the range is up to 120 km from the ground control station (up to 600 km in autonomous regime). The drone is powered by an internal combustion engine. It takes off from a demountable catapult and lands on a parachute.

Orlan 10 UAVs conduct maximum range reconnaissance in drills 02 Orlan-10 UAV (Picture source: Army Recognition)

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