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Kronstadt Orion-E

Russia (2023)
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The Orion-E from Kornstadt Technologies is another in-development unmanned aircraft product set to come out of Russia.


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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Origin: Russia
Year: 2023
Type: Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Manufacturer(s): Kronstadt Technologies - Russia
Production: 1
Global Operators:
Russia (possible)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
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Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Kronstadt Orion-E model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
0


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
26.25 ft


Meters
8 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
52.49 ft


Meters
16 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
6.56 ft


Meters
2 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
1,102 lb


Kilograms
500 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
2,205 lb


Kilograms
1,000 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Engine of unknown make, model and output power.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
140 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
225 kph


Knots
121 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
435 mi


Kilometers
700 km


Nautical Miles
378 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
24,606 ft


Meters
7,500 m


Miles
4.66 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

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.