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Kronstadt Orion-E

Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Kronstadt Orion-E

Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



The Orion-E from Kornstadt Technologies is another in-development unmanned aircraft product set to come out of Russia.
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ORIGIN: Russia
YEAR: 2023
MANUFACTURER(S): Kronstadt Technologies - Russia
PRODUCTION: 1
OPERATORS: Russia (possible)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Kronstadt Orion-E model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 26.25 feet (8 meters)
WIDTH: 52.49 feet (16 meters)
HEIGHT: 6.56 feet (2 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,102 pounds (500 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 2,205 pounds (1,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Engine of unknown make, model and output power.
SPEED (MAX): 140 miles-per-hour (225 kilometers-per-hour; 121 knots)
RANGE: 435 miles (700 kilometers; 378 nautical miles)
CEILING: 24,606 feet (7,500 meters; 4.66 miles)




ARMAMENT



None. Mission equipment to be centered on various optics and sensor fits. Payload capacity of up to 200 kilograms.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Orion-E - Base Series Name.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Kronstadt Orion-E Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  Entry last updated on 7/24/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Unlike the United States, Russia has struggled to find standardization and a growing reliance on Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). There have been several notable concepts put forth - including VTOL-capable (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) models - but few have materialized into viable in-service solutions for its Air Force, Army and Navy services. Kronstadt intends to change all that with their proposed Predator-class "Orion-E" MALE UAV displayed at MAKS 2017.

Little concrete information is available on the Orion-E as of this writing (2017) but a flyable prototype is known to be in existence. Construction is said to incorporate composites for robustness and as a weight-savings measure and specifications of the system include an overall length of 26.25 feet with a wingspan measuring over 50 feet. Its maximum payload capability is up to 440 pounds.




Outwardly the Orion-E utilizes a long, slender fuselage containing the mission equipment, avionics suite, fuel stores and engine installation. An optics system is mounted in blister form under the aircraft's "chin". The engine appears to drive a multi-bladed propeller at the rear of the fuselage in a "pusher" arrangement (as in the Predator series). The wing mainplanes, set amidships, are straight in their design and feature clipped tips. Instead of a traditional tail unit, a V-style arrangement is used (as in the Reaper UAV) to dually serve as vertical and horizontal stabilizers. The wheeled tricycle undercarriage appears to be fixed during flight (non-retracting).

Beyond its attempt to secure Russian military interest, Kronstadt will also eye its Orion-E for the export market with the help of a second party. it is assumed that the Orion E will be an unarmed product suitable for Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) over-battlefield roles.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (140mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
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X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue