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Report: Russia to Test and Buy UAE-Built Drones Early Next Year

naval drone stock photoThe Russian military and a United Arab Emirates-based company have signed a preliminary agreement for the purchase of unmanned aerial vehicles, Defense News reported Monday citing the Russian State News Agency RIA Novosti report.

Awad Mustafa writes that the Russian armed forces will test the unmanned United 40 Block 5 long-range reconnaissance vehicle by ADCOM Systems before deciding to buy the technology.

Ali al-Dhaheri, ADCOM CEO and chief designer of the aircraft, said the first United 40 Block 5 aircraft, which made its debut flight at the MAKS air show near Moscow this year, is scheduled for delivery to Russia in February.

The Russian military is expected to offer a contract for deployment if the drone satisfies its requirement, Denis Fedutinov told RIA Novosti.

The 11-meter long United 40 Block 5 can fly up to a maximum of 8,000 meters at a speed 120 to 200 kilometers per hour.

It has two sets of wings with a span of 17.53 meters and can stay airborne for more than 100 hours. Each of the four wings were designed to carry a payload of up to 100 kilograms.



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