Russia’s new unmanned aerial vehicle “Altius” unveiled

Russian TV has released a video showing the first prototype of the Altius UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). has recently posted a video showing the first prototype the Altius UAV.

The footage was filmed during a visit to the Kazan-based Sokol plant by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Mar. 25.

As already emerged last year, when some images were leaked and Russia allegedly attempted to remove them from Internet, UAV Altius 001 is a high-winged aircraft apparently powered by two turboprop engines, with slab-sided rear fuselage and a V-shaped tail.

According to the information available to date, Altius drone is going to be a long-endurance UAV with capability to perform a wide variety of tasks, including strike missions.


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