The Orion-E MALE drone in the reconnaissance/strike configuration will have its global premiere at the Dubai Airshow 2021 on 14th November, reports its developer and producer the Kronshtadt company .
The Orion-E unmanned aerial vehicle will be showcased along with its weapons at Dubai Airshow 2021. It will be the first ever demonstration of the Russian combat UAV at the major international airshow, the first demonstration of Orion-E's weapons abroad and the first presentation of the Orion-E in the Middle East.
The Orion-E will be presented on the unified Russian exposition organized by Rosoboronexport along with the Vikhr guided missile and the OFAB-100-120 aerial bomb. The Kronshtadt is also to show in Dubai its new automated workplace for UAV group operations that’s never been previously shown at any exhibition.
The Orion-E is equipped with satellite communication system that boosts its range. The optimal aerodynamic design ensures effective performance. The Orion-E is also distinguished by long service life, that means, that the producer will be able to continuously develop the payload of the delivered UAV.
The international marketing of the Orion-E in combat configuration has been announced by the Rosoboronexport in 2021 .
The Orion-E is intended for performing missions in a wide range of climate zones. The maximum take-off weight is 1.1 t, the maximum payload weight is 250 kg. The maximum flight duration is 30 hours, and the speed is up to 200 km/h. From one ground control point up to 4 UAVs can be simultaneously controlled, says the producer's official presentation. The Orion-E is equipped with replaceable payloads based on modular principle. There are three hard points for aerial weapons. One of the options is the Vikhr guided missile produced serially by the Kalashnikov Group . In May 2021 Kalashnikov announced the successful flight trials of the Vikhr missiles with a series of launches performed by a Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance/attack helicopter .