Russia releases first video of advanced long-range recon UAV ‘Altius-U’ (vid)

On August 20, the Russian Defence Ministry released a video of the maiden flight of a 6-tonne Altius-U unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), capable of being in the air for more than 24 hours.

In the comment to the video, the military said that the Altius-U is the final form of the UAV created as a result of the development and testing of a number of prototypes. The flight took place for 32 minutes at an altitude of up to 800 metres in fully automatic mode at one of the test aerodromes, the Defense Ministry noted.

The Altius-U is capable of performing an entire spectrum of reconnaissance missions using optical, radio engineering and radar and can stay in the air for more than a day. It uses a satellite control channel, making the radius of its application theoretically unlimited.