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Russia has begun to promote its first export strike drone Orion-E to the world arms market, the first applications for the drone have been received from customers, a source in the military-industrial complex told RIA Novosti.
Earlier “Orion” was offered for export only in reconnaissance version, without weapons.
Proposals for the supply of the Orion strike were sent to a number of foreign customers who may be in demand for this type of strike apparatus.
According to the source, real deliveries of the Orion strike for export can start at the end of this – early next year, after the opening by the Kronstadt company of a plant for the production of unmanned aerial vehicles.
The strike version of the Orion-E is equipped with a universal complex of aviation weapons, which makes it possible with high efficiency to destroy both stationary and moving ground targets, armored vehicles and vehicles of the enemy, and his manpower. Orion-E’s weapons include unguided and corrected aerial bombs, as well as various guided missiles.
The Russian military actively used these aerial vehicles for reconnaissance and air strikes against terrorists in Syria as part of the flight tests of the unmanned complex, according to uasvision.com.