Russian engineers have designed a multi-role drone helicopter.
The project of the unmanned helicopter “Gratch” (Raven) won a competition held by the Russian “Avastroitel Goda” company. A spokesman for the company said that the Russian army will receive the “Gratch” unmanned helicopter after the end of its tests.
The new drone was designed on a classic basis as it was provided with main and auxiliary propellers. The helicopter is powered by a petrol engine.
The specifications of the drone allow it to be used as a reconnaissance or transport helicopter capable of transporting payloads of up to 40 kilograms to a distance of 400 kilometers. The weight of the helicopter itself was 100 kilograms.
The unmanned helicopter was designed and manufactured at the “Arzamas” instrumentation plant. The Moscow Aviation Institute, the Zhukovsky Air Force Academy in Voronezh and the Arzamas design bureau also contributed to the project.