The United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC, part of Russia’s state technology corporation Rostec) will present at the MAKS-2015 air show its latest Chirok reconnaissance and strike drone, the Rostec’s deputy CEO said Thursday.
Dmitry Shugaev said that completely new materials had been used to construct the air-cushion, representing the “super know-how” of the Russian aviation industry.
The Chirok reconnaissance and strike drone was developed by the Moscow Research Radio Engineering Institute. The maximum takeoff weight of the drone is 700 kilograms (1,523 pounds.)
The drone altitude limit is 19,700 feet, and it has a range of up to 1,550 miles. The Chirok can carry weapons inside the fuselage, improving aerodynamic and stealth characteristics.
The MAKS-2015 international aviation and space show will be held in the city of Zhukovsky near Moscow on August 25-30.
“The UIMC will present the aircraft on chassis with air-cushion support dubbed ‘Chirok.’ It [the chassis] enables the use of the drone on any take-off surface,” Dmitry Shugaev said.