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RKC Foton-601

Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Drone

Russia | 2024

"The Foton-601 ISR Unmanned Aircraft System was unveiled in Russia at Army-2022 as an all-modern ISR drone solution."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the RKC Foton-601 Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Drone.
1 x Conventional engine of unknown make, model, and output power driving two-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
93 mph
150 kph | 81 kts
Max Speed
621 miles
1,000 km | 540 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the RKC Foton-601 Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Drone.
16.4 ft
(5.00 m)
O/A Width
128 lb
(58 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the RKC Foton-601 Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) Drone .
None. Mission payload reserved for the ISR role.
Notable series variants as part of the RKC Foton-601 family line.
Foton-601 - Base Series Designation.
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During the Russian Ministry of Defense's "Army-2022" expo of August 2022, state corporation Progress Rocket and Space Center (RKC) unveil a new all-weather, fixed-wing drone design - the "Foton-601". The 127lb system is being developed for the Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR) and its broad, tactical-level mission roles are centered on video monitoring, data collection, artillery spotting / correction, and laser designation of ground targets for networked allied units.

Outwardly, the drone is of largely conventional configuration. The fuselage is slab-sided and houses all pertinent operating systems, including engine and fuel, as well as avionics and the optics set. The straight mainplanes are seated at the shoulder and the tail unit incorporates a single horizontal plane with three (two outboard, one centerline) ventral vertical surfaces. At the nose is featured a simple two-bladed propeller unit for propulsion.

Released details include an endurance window of up to 24 hours, reaching out to ranges of 620 miles, utilizing a conventional engine feeding from its onboard 12-liter fuel tank. The powerplant and general design arrangement allow the air vehicle to exceed speeds of 95 miles-per-hour and cruise at 75 mph. Dimensions of the drone include a 16-foot wingspan.

It is not yet known when the Foton-601 will be adopted into Russian military service (if ever) but the country's invasion of neighboring Ukraine has revealed a noticeable shortcoming of the Army when it comes to drone applications on the modern digital-centric battlefield.

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Total Production: 5 Units

Contractor(s): Progress Rocket and Space Center (RKC) - Russia
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