Kalashnikov’s New Surveillance Drone to Debut at World Defense Show-2024 in Saudi Arabia

World Defense Show will take place in Saudi Arabia from February 4-8, 2024
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 08:31 AM, January 27, 2024
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Kalashnikov’s New Surveillance Drone to Debut at World Defense Show-2024 in Saudi Arabia

Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern is set to unveil its latest offering, the SKAT 350 M Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), at the upcoming II World Defense Show-2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from February 4 to 8.

The SKAT 350 M is presented as a serially produced UAV designed for aerial surveillance and object detection in optical and infrared ranges. Described as a result of the deep modernization of the Supercam 350 UAV, the upgraded model boasts improved aerodynamic properties and ground control equipment enhancements based on practical operational experience.

Key modifications include new wing designs and control elements, with increased mechanical strength and operational reliability. Automation of numerous functions has been implemented to ease operator training and enhance overall operational efficiency. The inclusion of an automatic operating mode for the Propulsion Vectoring Device (PVD) and a new battery controller is highlighted as improvements that contribute to increased performance characteristics.

The SKAT 350 M incorporates a new target load with allegedly superior performance characteristics. Technical solutions implemented in the UAV aim to enhance the functionality of both daytime and thermal imaging cameras. The addition of a modern module with updated algorithms is intended to simplify target acquisition and tracking for operators.

Despite the assertion of proven effectiveness during practical use, the news release refrains from providing specific details or evidence supporting these claims. The modifications mentioned are said to have significantly increased the market attractiveness of the product without providing specific metrics or data.

The technical specifications of the SKAT 350 M complex include a maximum take-off weight of 15 kg, a wingspan of 3.2 m, and a flight time of up to 240 minutes, with a speed range of 72 to 120 km/h. The video channel's range is stated to vary from 70 to 100 km, and the deployment time of the complex is claimed not to exceed 15 minutes. The complex utilizes an elastic or pneumatic catapult for takeoff and lands by parachute in automatic or semi-automatic modes. While these specifications are provided, the news release does not include any independent verification or third-party assessments of the UAV's performance.

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