On July 20, Russia’s newspaper Moskovskiy Komsomolets released photo of a development prototype the Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Orion armed with unidentified guided munitions.
The Orion UAV project is developed by Russian conglomerate company OJSC JFSC Sistema under under a contract with the country’s defense ministry.
Orion is a medium altitude, long endurance reconnaissance UAV, which is also capable to carry out some armaments. The first armed Orion was showcased to President Vladimir Putin in July 2017.
Orion has the length of 8m, the wing span of 16m and the paying load of 200 kg. Its flight endurance is 24 hours. Orin’s flight tests were started in early 2016.