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United Instrument Corporation's Chirok reconnaissance and strike drone ready for flight tests

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United Instrument Corporation's Chirok reconnaissance and strike drone ready for flight tests
 
The Russian United Instrument Corporation (UIC) has constructed two prototype versions of reconnaissance and strike drones, code-named "Chirok," and is currently preparing them for tests, a source at UIC told RIA Novosti Friday, January 23. The source explained that currently there are three models of reconnaissance and strike drones (RSD) "Chirok."
     
The Russian United Instrument Corporation (UIC) has constructed two prototype versions of reconnaissance and strike drones, code-named "Chirok," and is currently preparing them for tests, a source at UIC told RIA Novosti Friday, January 23. The source explained that currently there are three models of reconnaissance and strike drones (RSD) "Chirok." United Instrument Corporation Chirok unmanned aerial system
     
One of these three models is a mock-up copy, two others are full-sized models with a payload weight limit of up to 300 kilograms. At the moment they are being prepared for flight tests, the source told RIA Novosti.

One of the full-size copies could be presented in summer 2015 during the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS), in Zhukovsky city, in the Moscow Region, the source said.

In ordinary life, Chirok can be used to observe and assess different situations – to monitor the threat of fire in forests, disaster areas and road and traffic conditions, as well as for patrol. As for military utility, Chirok is intended for reconnaissance and can also be used as an offensive operations drone, capable of carrying weapons.

RSD Chirok was developed by the Moscow Research Radio Engineering Institute. The maximum takeoff weight of the drone is 700 kilograms. The drone can rise to a height of 6,000 meters (approximately 19,600 feet), and has a range of up to 2,500 kilometers (approximately 1,550 miles). The Chirok features a 10 m wingspan. Chirok can carry weapons inside the fuselage, improving aerodynamics and stealth characteristics.