Belarus plans VTOL UAV development

Thu Apr 5 2012, 14:08 PM

The State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus is planning to manufacture a range of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capability, the committee’s chairman Sergei Gurulev has announced.

Gurulev told VPK Belarus magazine: "We are considering a wide range of UAVs with VTOL capability – from mini-sized to medium and heavy class UAVs."

A number of Belarusian defence firms have carried out research and development work and made progress in this area, Gurulev added.

The committee has already developed a number of mini-UAVs and the medium-class Grif-1 tactical drone, with a range of performance up to 100km.

Capable of carrying a payload of up to 30kg, the Grif-1 can operate in various tactical and operational modes, capturing images and video, and carrying out radar, infrared and radio reconnaissance missions.