Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG is developing combat and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) ranging in weight from 1 to 15 tonnes, TASS reported on November 14. Test models should be completed in the near future, said MiG spokeswoman Anastasiya Kravchenko at the Dubai Airshow 2107.
“There will be different vehicles for reconnaissance and for combat. Different types of vehicles to fit the task at hand,” Kravchenko said. The test models are expected to be completed “in the near future”, she added while stating that the UAVs will be divided in three classes: from 1 to 5 tonnes, from 5 to 10 tonnes and from 10 to 15 tonnes. She also said that the engines for all the UAVs are being developed in Russia.
Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG originally planned to present Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade with the 5 ton UAV development plans until the end of 2015. Ilya Tarasenko, current CEO of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG stated that Russian PAK-DP interceptor, which is developed as an alternative to current MiG-31, may serve as a base for the unmanned vehicle.