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    Prototype of 21-Ounce Spy Drone Built in Russia

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    According to a defense industry source, a prototype of a hand-launched spy drone weighing roughly 21 ounces has been built at an engineering center in Samara, Russia.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) A prototype of a hand-launched spy drone weighing roughly 21 ounces has been built at an engineering center in Samara, Russian, a defense industry source told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

    "The Cluster Engineering Center in the Samara Region has developed a prototype of a special reconnaissance device based off a new small UAV, Osa, with vertical takeoff and landing. It can be launched from the hand or a stationary ground," the source said.

    The unmanned aerial vehicle is capable of performing surveillance missions in a tactical radius in the open space, in cities and inside buildings.

    The drone can carry a payload of up to 5.2 ounces, stay airborne for 15 minutes on a single charge, and stream real-time footage from its camera to a control terminal at the distance of up to 4,000 feet.

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