The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh revealed, according to many experts, advantages of using attack drones like MALE, that is, average proportion, which includes the already widely known Turkish UAV "Bayraktar TB2". Against this background, voices about the absence of a similar system of defeat in Russia are heard more and more. However, not everything is so simple.
Orion means of destruction
In this category of drones in the armed forces of the Russian Federation there is only "Orion", which began to be developed in 2011 year and went to the troops in April 2020 years for trial operation. By the end of the year, he must receive the letter O1, allowing to start serial production. but, how the developer himself positions, group "Kronstadt", your creation, Orion is a reconnaissance UAV.
But the West does not agree with this.
It is assumed, that the Orion drone will become the workhorse of the Russian Aerospace Forces in its category […] Question, which everyone asks, It is, will it have an impact ability? And yes, Orion will be an aerial platform for, among other things,, ground attack. It only remains to find out, when he can be in service with the Russian aerospace forces – sure famous Spanish blogger Charly015.
He bases his conclusions on insider information., which has repeatedly been at the disposal of the Russian media, and photographic materials, on which the armament of the UAV is captured:
A source: Charly015
Charly015 believes, that the ammunition installed on the drone may be a means of destruction (apparently, weighing up to 50 kg), which has already been demonstrated at the Army-2017 forum:
A source: missiles2go.ru
Wherein, according to the blogger, "Orion" can be equipped with guided missiles, eg, presented at the forum "Army-2018" ammunition weighing 50 kg:
A source: milinfolive
What to equip "Orion", except weapons?
As previously reported by the developer, when entering large-scale production, it is planned to produce up to seven Orion complexes per year. Each of them includes a control point and from three to six UAVs “Orion”.
You can note, that although "Orion", like Bayraktar TB2, belongs to class MALE, it significantly surpasses its Turkish "partner" in size and a number of performance characteristics.
A source: Kronstadt Group
According to Baykar Makina, producing TB2, the mass of the drone is 650 kg (that is, half as much), maximum payload weight - 50 kg (at 4 times less than).
A source: Baykar Machine
For our part, we note: in the end we can assume, that Orion, along with strike weapons, will theoretically be able to carry powerful reconnaissance systems, which will allow him to act autonomously, and not as part of combined groups of UAVs with different functions. Apparently, at present, the emphasis is on developing the Orion's reconnaissance capabilities., therefore, its impact potential has not yet been openly discussed.