New Russian Sirius drone will be able to carry guided bombs

According to information published by Tass on September 16, 2022, the latest Russian heavy Sirius drones can carry guided and unguided bombs and missiles.

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New Russian Sirius drone will be able to carry guided bombs Sirius Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at MAKS 2019, Moscow.  (Picture source: Air Recognition)

Sirius underwent various flight trials and tested interaction with manned aviation and ground controls.

Sirius (Inokhodets-RU R&D) is a development of Orlan drone with two engine and a bigger takeoff weight. The naval option can be engaged in search-and-rescue operations and reconnaissance. The delivery of Sirius to the Russian army is expected in 2023.

Sirius is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) attack UAV, with a wingspan of 30m, length of 9m and height of 3.3m, a maximum combat load of 450kg, cruise speed of 295km/h, maximum altitude 12,000m, and an endurance of 40 hours.

About the Orlan drone

The Orlan-10 is a reconnaissance, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the Special Technology Center (STC) in Saint Petersburg for the Russian Armed Forces. The Orlan-10 features a composite hull that reduces its radar signature.

Drones are usually deployed in groups of two or three; the first is used for reconnaissance at a height of 1,000 to 1,500 metres (3,300 to 4,900 ft), the second for electronic warfare and the third as a data relay. One system can include up to five vehicles.