Russia to Begin Tests of Unmanned Tiltrotor Aircraft Before 2016

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State testing of the Granat-5 unmanned tiltrotor aircraft designed for the Russian Navy will begin before the end of the year, a spokesman of the developing company, Izhmash Unmanned Systems, said Wednesday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) State testing of the Granat-5 unmanned tiltrotor aircraft designed for the Russian Navy will begin before the end of the year, a spokesman of the developing company, Izhmash Unmanned Systems, said Wednesday.

"One of our projects that will undergo state tests by the end of the year is the unmanned aircraft model with vertical takeoff and landing Granat-5," Evgeny Zaitsev said.

According to Zaitsev, the tiltrotor aircraft weighs 7 kilograms (15 lbs) and has the advantages of airplane speed and helicopter vertical take-off.

The Granat-5 was designed for the Navy special forces to examine small bridgeheads prior to landing, Zaitsev added.

The Izhmash Unmanned Systems Granat-1 to Granat-4, and Tachyon unmanned aircraft models are currently in use by the Russian Military.

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