The Kiev military-industrial design bureau “Luch” announced the unveiling of the layout of the combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) “Sokol-300”.
The model of the drone was presented today on November 6th at the premises of an aircraft building plant in Zhulyany, a suburb of Kiev, where the Igor Sikorsky international airport is located.
The company has been working on the model of the drone over the last year and a half, the idea of the project has been thought out and polished over several years.
The drone is based on the flight principle of cruise missiles, which are launched by the Ukrainian RK-360 missile used by the “Neptune” system. The rockets for Neptune are produced at the Luch KB. The Sokol-300 drone is capable of carrying 200-250 kilograms of payload.
Oleg Korostelev, general designer of the Luch Design Bureau, explained that this is the equivalent of the four Barrier anti-tank missiles developed by Luch Design Bureau in 2005.
According to estimates, the cost of one such drone is 45.6 million hryvnia ($1.6 million). But if the production is carried out in series, then the price can be reduced by 30-40%.
Sokol-300 is equipped with a domestic optical-electronic station and can use several types of engines. These are domestic AI-450T2 and MS-500V-05S / CE, also foreign-made – Rotax 914.
Depending on the type of engine, the characteristics of the drone also differ.
- Maximum speed:
- AI-450T2 – 580 km/h;
- MS-500V-05S/SE – 466 km/h;
- Rotax 914 – 210 km/h.
- Flight duration:
- AI-450T2 – 5 hours;
- MS-500V-05S/SE – 3 hours;
- Rotax 914 – 2.6 hours.
- Range of flight:
- AI-450T2 – 1300 km;
- MS-500V-05S/SE – 1000 km;
- Rotax 914 – 3300 km.
At the same time, the range for all types of engines is the same – 150 km with direct radio communication and 300 km when used with a radio repeater.
It is also planned to equip the Sokol-300 UAV with radio technical equipment: a small-sized airborne radar station and a synthetic aperture radar.
The weapon include guided missiles with a range of up to 10 km.
During the development of the UAV, the experience of development and technical solutions for the “Neptune” was taken into account.
In particular, the complex is controlled from a mobile control center, which is unified with the control center of the RK-360 missile complex of the Neptune system and is located on the chassis of a truck, the brand of which is determined by the customer.
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