The Air Force of Ukraine can adopt the unmanned aviation complex Raybird-3, which since 2016 is allowed to operate in the Armed Forces, and in the spring of 2018 confirmed the ability to perform tasks in conditions of counteraction to electronic warfare (EW).
UAS was developed by the UKRAINIAN AVIATION PRODUCTION COMPANY “SKYETON”, which was founded by a group of engineers and pilots in 2006. The company is developing unmanned aerial systems and light sports airplanes.
In the process of testing, which took place on the basis of the State Research Institute for Testing and Certification of Arms and Military Equipment, the complex confirmed its compliance with the requirements for small tactical UAV. This is reported by those who tried the drone tests.
“Raybird-3 is capable of continuously being in the air and performing tasks for 20 hours, the maximum flight range at the same time reaches 2.5 thousand km at a cruising speed of 120 km / h,” said the head of the department for research and testing of unmanned aerial systems of the GNPTs Lieutenant Colonel Yuri Kamak.
The maximum take-off weight of the UAV is 20 kg, while the weight of the load is up to 5 kg. They launch a drone with a special mechanized catapult. Landing after the flight is carried out on a parachute.
“During the flight, the UAS is quiet and almost invisible from the ground, because its working height is about 1000 meters, the maximum flight altitude is 3 km.” Thanks to powerful remote-controlled optics, the Raybird-3 is able to “see” the target at a distance of 10 kilometres and automatically fix it with the ability to transfer video in real time from a distance of 100 kilometres. “
It is stated that the UAV allows solving operational-tactical tasks.
The maximum speed is 160 km / h. The flight time is 15 hours.
Other characteristics: the wingspan is about 3 m, the wing area is 0.9 m2