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Antonov Horlytsya

Ukraine (2019)
Picture of Antonov Horlytsya Tactical Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
Picture of Antonov Horlytsya Tactical Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)

The Antonov Horlytsya is being developed for the Ukrainian Army as a direct-attack Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle.

Detailing the development and operational history of the Antonov Horlytsya Tactical Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).

 Entry last updated on 12/1/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©

The Horlytsya is an indigenous, in-development Ukrainian all-weather UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle), the first of its kind for the country) scheduled to be adopted by the Ukrainian Army to meet a direct-attack, reconnaissance and artillery spotting role once in service. Flight testing of the Horlytsya began in November 2017 with an official verification of the project's advancement given by Antonov on November 12th. Antonov is a long-time player in the aero-industry and was one of the critical aircraft makers for the Soviet Union during the Cold War period (1947-1991).

The aircraft incorporates a cylindrical fuselage design with high-mounted straight mainplanes. A twin-boom arrangement meets aft at two inward-cranked vertical tail fins. The engine is fitted to the rear of the fuselage section which also contains the fuel stores as well as avionics fit. The UAV features a wheeled, fixed tricycle undercarriage for ground-running. The sensor fit is set to become the standard Electro-Optical (EO) / InfraRed (IR) pairing with automatic tracking and aiming features. Armament will be featured across two underwing hardpoints (one per wing element).
Antonov has stated that their Horlytsya will feature a mission endurance window of about seven hours and flies to altitudes of 16,400 feet with a range out to 620 miles. Its development is very important to the Ukrainian military which is currently embroiled in a war with Russia along its eastern frontier. The Horlytsya will provide a much-needed eye-in-the-sky for the services and reduce reliance on foreign military suppliers - particularly those from nations that do not wish to become involved in the ongoing Donbass War (2014-Present).

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (134mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
Relative Operational Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

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

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Antonov Horlytsya Specifications
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Year: 2019
Status: In-Development
Type: Tactical Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
Manufacturer(s): Antonov - Ukraine
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: 45.93 ft (14.00 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 Conventional engine driving a multi-bladed propeller unit arranged in a pusher configuration.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 134 mph (215 kph; 116 kts)
Maximum Range: 621 mi (1,000 km; 540 nm)
Service Ceiling: 16,404 ft (5,000 m; 3.11 mi)

2 x Precision-guided missiles (planned).

Operators List
Ukraine (probable)

Series Model Variants
• Horlytsya - Base Series Name

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