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Kronstadt Orion-E

Russia (2023)

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 ©

  Kronstadt Orion-E  
Picture of Kronstadt Orion-E Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

The Orion-E from Kornstadt Technologies is another in-development unmanned aircraft product set to come out of Russia.

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.
Kronstadt Orion-E Specifications
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Year: 2023
Type: Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Manufacturer(s): Kronstadt Technologies - Russia
Production: 1
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 0
Length: 26.25 ft (8 m)
Width: 52.49 ft (16.00 m)
Height: 6.56 ft (2.00 m)
Empty Weight: 1,102 lb (500 kg)
MTOW: 2,205 lb (1,000 kg)

Installed Power
1 x Engine of unknown make, model and output power.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 140 mph (225 kph; 121 kts)
Maximum Range: 435 mi (700 km; 378 nm)
Service Ceiling: 24,606 ft (7,500 m; 4.66 mi)

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

Operators List
Russia (possible)

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