By next year the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) will start mass production of an unmanned reconnaissance helicopter (URH) Voron 300, designed by Iskatel Design Bureau.
"Large scale production of Voron 300 has already started. In 2014 we intend to begin shipping large-scale shipments of these units to customers," said Dmitry Dyakonov, chief design officer of Iskatel Design Bureau at MAI in an interview to Interfax-AVN.
Some of these machines will be delivered to law enforcement agencies as part of the state order, and some as part of the Institute's commercial project.
"As of today, MAI can produce up to 5 such machines a year, and working with our subcontractors - up to 20 units," Mr. Dyakonov said.
Voron 300 unmanned reconnaissance helicopter has a takeoff weight of 45 kg and can carry a load of 16-18 kg. The helicopter has a 12 hp engine, and can fly at the speed of 50 km/h with the hover ceiling of 1200 m and the service ceiling of 2500 m. The helicopter can stay in the air up to 1 1/2 hours.