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Russian unmanned aerial vehicles will be outfitted with a unique strapdown inertial navigation system produced by KRET Group within the state tech corporation Rostec.

According to the company, “The system’s advantage is that it features high accuracy and offers a possibility of autonomous operation: it can determine coordinates and parameters of the movement of objects even in the absence of ground, sea or space reference points.”

Initially, this system was used in aircraft-making. Subsequently, it was adapted for drones. 

Strapdown inertial systems are lighter and smaller compared to platform-based versions and can operate at considerable loads. The new system was successfully tested on drones in 2020.

The first prototypes of the latest navigational systems will be delivered for their use on Russian drones already in 2021, the Rostec press office said, according to