Russia: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, has announced that the ministry will be spending around 320 billion rubles (USD 9 billion) by 2020 on military UAVs. Under the plan, the new drones will boost the reconnaissance, communications and combat capacities of the Russian armed forces. Presently, the Russian military operates a fleet of nearly 500 drones, revealed the minister.
“UAVs are a vital area of development in modern aviation, and Russia needs to develop a wide range of drones, including combat and reconnaissance variants,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian military is set to test the Yabhon United 40 medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV built by the United Arab Emirates’ Adcom Systems. Other foreign-based companies that supply drones to Russia include Israel Aerospace Industries, which delivered 12 UAVs to the military under a deal inked in 2009.
Source: Defense news