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Belarus to present lineup of drones at Dubai Airshow 2019

Society 15.11.2019 | 16:23
Image courtesy of dubaiairshow.aero
Image courtesy of dubaiairshow.aero

MINSK, 15 November (BelTA) – Belarus is going to present a number of small and medium-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) of the aircraft and helicopter varieties as well as effective solutions for counteracting drones at the Dubai Airshow 2019, BelTA learned from Vladimir Lavrenyuk, spokesman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus.

Dubai Airshow is one of the world's top five aerospace salons. This year's event will be the 16th one on record. Scheduled to open in Dubai on 17 November, it is expected to become the largest event in more than 30 years of its history. According to the organizers, the airshow will gather some 1,300 exhibitors from over 60 countries while thousands of aerospace industry specialists intend to visit the expo.

Belarusian defense companies will demonstrate their latest technologies and their capabilities in the area of design and production of aerial robots of the aircraft and helicopter varieties as well as effective solutions for counteracting drones. The collective stand of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus will feature high-tech products made by KB Radar, the enterprise R&D Center for Multifunctional Unmanned Complexes, and KB Unmanned Helicopters.

A lineup of drones with various capabilities and operating ranges has been developed and manufactured by BelTechExport Company in association with the R&D Center for Multifunctional Unmanned Complexes and KB Unmanned Helicopters.

The multipurpose UAV Yastreb [hawk] boasts the maximum takeoff weight of up to 700kg and can carry a payload of up to 150kg. It is the heaviest drone made in Belarus. The Yastreb can carry two to three kamikaze drones, which are in essence guided air-to-surface missiles. The drone can stay in the air for up to six hours or for up to ten hours with an external tank. The UAV will be available in different varieties, including a recon one and an assault on.

According to Vladimir Lavrenyuk, nowadays Belarus is at the forefront of the world's efforts to develop, design, and produce helicopter-type UAVs. KB Unmanned Helicopters is one of the world's top ten companies in this field. The company will demonstrate a reconnaissance and assault variety of the helicopter drone at Dubai Airshow 2019. Helicopter drones do not need runways or launch devices. They are harder to detect and safer to operate. They can do reconnaissance work while hovering and can fly along complicated trajectories.

BelTechExport Company will present the radio warfare station Groza-S. Depending on the customer's requirements, the station can be mounted on civilian and military vehicles. The station can detect and track UAVs, which onboard devices emit radio waves. It can display the location of the drone and the ground control station. It can suppress GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and GALILEO navigation signals. It can also spoof GPS navigation signals and make the drone break away from the designated route.

During Dubai Airshow 2019 Belarus will be represented by an official delegation led by Chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee Roman Golovchenko. There are plans to hold meetings with top officers of the UAE Armed Forces on the sidelines of the expo. Meetings will be arranged with Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of Russia Dmitry Shugayev and with Rosoboronexport Director General Aleksandr Mikheyev. A broad range of matters of military technology cooperation will be discussed with the Russian and Emirati partners.

Dubai Airshow 2019 will last for five days to end on 21 November.

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