Russia testing helicopter drone capable of carrying ‘serious weaponry’

New unmanned helicopters capable of carrying large payloads are undergoing ground tests in Russia, the state-owned Rostec corporation has said. The prospective aircraft is expected to outclass other modern copter UAVs.

The helicopter was developed by Russian Helicopters, a Rostec subsidiary. The aircraft features a coaxial rotor and is expected to have a liftoff weight of up to 500 kg, the corporation said in a statement Wednesday.

It will be able to carry a payload of up to 150 kg and fly at speeds of 150 km/h (93 mph). Its maximum flight time is expected to be some four hours according to Rostec. The drone will be transported and controlled from a special vehicle based on the Russian-made KAMAZ truck.

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