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Russian Altair Heavy Strike Drone: In Development Limbo?

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Russian Altair Heavy Strike Drone: In Development Limbo?

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Russia’s Altair heavy strike unmanned aerial vehicle program appears to be in jeopardy, according to the regional media outlet “Business Online.”

“We are planning the first flight around May-June,” Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko reported in December when the heavy UAV project was taken away from the Experimental Design Bureau Simonov and transferred to the Kazan division of the Ural Civil Aviation Plant.

As it turned out, they didn’t even get down to business. Alexander Gomzin, even being under investigation, refuses to share information regarding the development.

Anonymous sources didn’t exclude that there was no database, and it was unprofitable for the military officers in charge of the project to admit it.

It appears that the now 8-year-long project would be further delayed. In second half of 2018 the project was taken away from the Experimental Design Bureau Simonov and given to Ural Civil Aviation Plant (UZGA) in Kazan, which is controlled by Viktor Grigoriev, owner of several military-industrial enterprises and who has a close relationship with Rostec.

Following his visit to the capital of the Republic of Tajikistan, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said: “There is a slight delay in the Altius project (the drone itself is called Altair) But we will now catch up, so the work will definitely be completed. The first flight is planned for approximately May-June in the updated configuration.”

The updated configuration actually meant a lighter weight glider, new engines and a completed load. But the Business Online anonymous sources claimed that this would not only not take place in May or June, but not in 2019 at all.

Initially, the R&D project Altiums-M began in 2011, which then transformed into the Altius O project in 2014 was initially stopped by the Russian Ministry of Defense, because of systematically extending deadlines and embezzling of state funds.

According to the anonymous source, a contract was signed with UZGA for a new research project, which was planned to be completed in November 2019. Such a short period was due to the fact that the Design Bureau would give the new developer their entire scientific and technical database – scientific, technical, design, technological, operational, software, regulatory documentation, stands and prototypes of a complex with several UAVs.

However, it was not there. According to the source, despite numerous notifications from the military, the Experimental Design Bureau leadership transferred only materials of secondary value, and, for example, the main equipment and design documentation for the UAV samples that were produced remain with Simonov.

The leading Russian expert in the field of unmanned systems Denis Fedutinov also expressed doubts about the competencies of UZGA in an interview with BUSINESS Online

“The history of the Altair of the Simonov Experimental Design Bureau has already had so many fascinating details over the past year that, in principle, it is not surprising that its continuation is no less interesting,” he noted above all. “Plans that were previously called representative by state structures to bring the project to a new developer seemed almost unrealistic from the very beginning. I do not exclude the possibility that very attractive terms for the customer were announced by the Ural Civil Aviation Plant in order to win over this protracted project from the Experimental Design Bureau. At the same time, it is not quite clear if the Ministry of Defense’s expectations were based on the reality of these deadlines, because the UZGA portfolio has not yet implemented a single UAV project of its own.”

The article also speculates that there is a possibility that Aleksandr Gomzin, who was in charge of the project and is under investigation wants to simply take his revenge.

“I think Gomzin has nothing to lose – the criminal case against him continues, the fact remains: the money was withdrawn, the team that was engaged in Altius (almost 100 people), went to the Ural Civil Aviation Plant, so he would have his revenge if UZGA doesn’t succeed in the project,” the anonymous source claimed.

The Altair program has been long plagued by issues. Originally launched in 2011, there was little publicly available information.

It was supposed to reach up to 1000 kph (621 mph) and cover the same type of missions as the General Atomics Avenger. According to Vedomosti, more than 3 billion rubles (about $45 million) were invested into the program by October 2018.

Subsequently, the program was reported as cancelled back then.

In 2017, while the unmanned aircraft was already being tested in flight, OKB Simonov allegedly suffered from resource deficit, becoming unable to continue the development. Tatarstan authorities asked the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade for an additional 2 billion rubles to develop a civil arctic version of the UAV.

In April 2018, the head of OKB Simonov, Alexander Gomzin, was arrested and charged with misappropriation of state funds. He was suspected of embezzling 900 million rubles that were allocated to the project. He was released in June of the same year. The charges were reportedly not dropped and it is unclear why he was, in fact, released.

In September a video allegedly showed a prototype of the Altair.

But it would appear that as of May 2019, the Altair appears to be in limbo.


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Daniel Miller

South Front’s quality is starting to drop alot…..they refuse to fact chek alot of their articles now.

Toronto Tonto

A lot like the substandard retards today news place .


The Russian equivalent of the F-35?

Toronto Tonto

Russia cannot build things without outside help and nobody is going to help a terrorist Russia .

Miguel Angel Solano

lol really tonto

Toronto Tonto

Wake up dumbazz .


Die ukie turd.

Dušan Mirić

Don’t hide yourself behind Canadian flag. Every Nazi will say Russia is a terrorist. So, no shame, stick out your Azov emblems. It is usual these days.


Ukraine’s current prime minister is a jew, so is former Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and their new comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy. They would never allow National Socialists into power as long as they control Ukraine, while true nazis have maintained control over Ukraine for a century.

Ever find it odd that jews and dual citizens from Israel are allowed to become politicians in any “democratic” country around the world, whilst anyone who isn’t a jew can never become a politician in Israel? And anyone who raises a complaint is branded an “antisemite”, meanwhile nobody can be antisemitic to Arabs.

Real Anti-Racist Action

Netanyahu is an anti-Shemite
Netanyahu is an anti-Japhethite
Netanyahu is an anti-Hamitecomment image

Real Anti-Racist Action

Russians were the good guys fighting against the Red Russians. The Jewish invention of Marxism is evil.
Every nationalist wishes that the Romanov family was not murdered by Jews and were here today.
The great Russian people were the #1 victims of communism. It lead to a world war.
Germany and Russia should have been teammates and push the UK off of all of their colonies. Kept the USSA out of Europe forever.

Toronto Tonto

Russia is the Nazi stupid shitthead .


Turd you are the dumbest cunt on this forum by far, not even Wohl or Jen are that retarded.
go back to your lonely depressed basement and die there.

Toronto Tonto

Get out of your neighbouring countries you Russian terrorists .


Get out of your daddy’s asshole. Actually go back there and die…


Either a sack of shit Ukie, or a cowardly worthless Canuck, or the both of two shitty worlds a Canadian Ukranian, either way your anglo ukie garbage just like Freedland.

Toronto Tonto

Did I hurt your feelings fruit .

Toronto Tonto

I am a Canuck yes , What is a Ukie , are you vodka soaked ruskie ????


you are the turd that keeps clogging my toilet… an idiot with a single digit IQ.
Go fuck yourself until you die.


Toronto Turd is a troll from Ukraine Today. There are 4-5 incredibly sick ukronazi faggots there and this shiteater Tonto is one of them. I’m not sure why Southfront allow him to troll this site with his imbecilic garbage every day…

Real Anti-Racist Action

Everyone has only been able to build things become of others.
US only went to the moon because of ethnic-Germanic rockets.
World can only tell time because of the people of Ur’s 12 digit mathematics, today we use 10 digits because everyone on earth today is to stupid to use anything higher.
Israel has not built a damn thing without tech from others. Neither has Japan or Canada or China or India or the UK or France or Africa or anyone. So yes you are correct, however you failed to name everyone else.

Toronto Tonto

We here in Canada invented Igloos and Penicillin . HA HA take that stupid .


you’re definitely a 5 years old ukrainian mutant with cancerous manure instead of brain… a complete waste of oxygen, you really need to die asap along with your nazi boyfriends from Ukraine Today.

Toronto Tonto

My people never had outside influence for anything , and when they did it was bad .

You can call me Al

WTF is this about ?


Altair is in limbo.
Did you not watch the 37 minute video in Russian Al?
I skipped around and looked at some pictures. :)

You can call me Al

Right, I’ll give it another try.

Thanks for the patience.

Toronto Tonto

Hey how are those Ladas selling these days EH , They still make them cloned stolen fiats right .

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