Russia will start selling serially-produced attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to foreign buyers starting from 2022, sources in the military-industrial complex and the administration of the Moscow region told RIA Novosti.

This is so that production at Russia’s first plant for drone production can start operating fully, under the management of the Kronsdadt group of companies.

As previously reported, Russia has begun promoting Orion drones in a strike version on the international arms market, and has already received a number of applications from foreign buyers.

“The production of UAVs at the Kronstadt plant in Dubna for foreign customers is planned to begin in 2022 as the needs for the Orion complexes of the Russian Armed Forces are met,” said one of the sources.

The source reminded that the launch of the plant is scheduled for November this year. “At the first stage, the new production will ensure the annual production of several dozen Orion drones in reconnaissance and strike versions,” the source said.

Another interlocutor of the agency confirmed the information on the timing of the launch of production for export and the expected volume of production of the UAV.

“The Kronstadt group of companies has already begun recruiting personnel for the new site. In total, about 1,500 people will need to be recruited, 500 of whom must be recruited within the next months,” the source said.

The construction of the first Russian plant specializing in the serial production of attack drones began in Dubna near Moscow in April. The production will be environmentally friendly and noiseless, its total area will be 45 thousand square meters.

According to RIA Novosti sources, in terms of price-quality-board intellectualization, Orion-E export drones will become one of the best offers on the international market. Such complexes, called “Pacing”, are supplied to the Russian army and have been used for air strikes against terrorists in Syria.

“Orion” belongs to the class of medium-altitude attack unmanned aerial vehicles of long duration. In the strike version, the UAV 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. The device can be in flight for up to a day. Its maximum take-off weight is 1150 kilograms, the UAV’s cruising speed is 200 kilometers per hour, and its maximum flight altitude is 7 kilometers. Orion’s combat load is 200 kilograms.

Russia To Begin Exporting Orion Attack UAVs In 2022