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New Russian UAV "Grom" / "Thunder"

QuadroFX

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Strike UAV destined to accompany manned aircrafts. Designed by "Krohnstadt" design bureau.

Length: 13.8m
Height: 3.8m
Wingspan: 10m
Max takeoff weight: 7000kg
Max payload: 2000kg
Maximum speed: 1000km/h
Cruise speed: 800km/h
Maximum altitude: 12000m
Combat radius: 700km

Armament: Kh-38ML, KAB-500S, KAB-250LG, izd.85 missile, and many more.

Thanks A.V. Karpenko for photos
 

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Not being a Russian speaker, is there any indication what engine is used?
Al-222 perhaps?
Edit: Is it a twin or single engine design?
 
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Silly question...but any indication this will eventually get a landing gear, or is it rocket launched and parachute recovered like Kratos' XQ-58?
 

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Ha, more options to S-70. But considering the power of Sukhoi, would be a hell of a fight Khronstadt have to put to get this UCAV produced and maybe inducted to VVS.
 

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Ha, more options to S-70. But considering the power of Sukhoi, would be a hell of a fight Khronstadt have to put to get this UCAV produced and maybe inducted to VVS.
I think bigger problem is getting Grom finished and ready for production/service, SR-10 trainer was given plenty of attention and funds, though later cancelled due to problems with technical development(it was a forward swept wing). And also, this a very different drone in concept than S-70, way better suited for Air-Air combat.

I think RuMOD would jump at this in my opinion, and would probably be a huge export success. But then again, biggest barrier is Kronshtadt own skill and production capacity. Making rather simple drones in terms of structure with off the shelf composites is a huge difference compared to a high speed jet-powered UCAV.

I'm also curious on how big of a problem engines will be, my guess it is either will be no problem at all or very significant. Kronshtadt has no engine development whatsoever so it will be off the shelf. Depending on its weight, and size, Maybe they can get away with Yak-130 and take advantage of its production and logistics.

Silly question...but any indication this will eventually get a landing gear, or is it rocket launched and parachute recovered like Kratos' XQ-58?
Almost certainly landing gear. But I wouldn't count out a smaller rocket launched version to be used like a reusable cruise missile.
 

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But considering the power of Sukhoi, would be a hell of a fight Khronstadt have to put to get this UCAV produced and maybe inducted to VVS.
I do not think that they are direct competitors here. Yet the S-70 is in a different weight category.
Rather, the MiG will be a competitor, because it has (like) its own drone.
 

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fuckload of mockups of small caliber guided munitions
These are very interesting, if bewildering in their variety of aerodynamic configuration. The combat success of the Turkish MAM-L seems to have been an inspiration for the 25kg mini-munition, I also note how the use of Grad/Uragan MRLS warheads for the 50 & 100kg class bombs amounts to the inverse of the GLSDB evolution.
 
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