Russian "Orion" turned into "killer" of Turkish and Israeli drones


This week, there have been heavy reports of the Orion UAV. It is reported that this drone was used more than 40 times to attack the positions of militants in Syria, that Orion was successfully used to destroy an air target, and that the first Russian UAV plant was completed and opened in the Moscow region. What conclusions can we draw from this?


Few people now remember, but at one time the USSR was among the pioneers in the field of unmanned aircraft. Then there was the collapse of the superpower, the chronic underfunding of the military-industrial complex, an openly sabotage attitude was insistently introduced that "we will buy everything we need abroad for petrodollars." Technologies, meanwhile, continued to develop, and suddenly it turned out that the UAVs, reconnaissance, shock and reconnaissance-shock, have a wide niche for use. Currently, the recognized leaders in this area are the United States, Israel, China and Turkey. The latter managed to squeeze the maximum out of the armed conflicts in Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh. Who, besides military experts, knows the names of Israeli or Chinese drones? Yes, no one, but everyone has heard about the Turkish "Bayraktars".

For Russia, such changes in the arms market turned out to be a rather unpleasant surprise. In Syria, our servicemen had to face constant aerial attacks by terrorist UAVs. To protect the Khmeimim airbase, an echeloned air defense system had to be built. At the same time, all the advantages and disadvantages of unmanned aircraft were very clearly manifested.

On the one hand, a low-speed UAV is no match for a full-fledged manned aircraft and is a fairly easy target for air defense systems. If necessary, the sky can be cleared by fighters, air defense systems or air defense systems. On the other hand, a large "swarm" of attack drones, not even factory ones, but artisanal ones assembled by terrorists "on their knees", can "overload" the air defense system. Let's not forget that the ammunition of anti-aircraft systems is not infinite, requires reloading, while each shot of the same Pantsir-S1 air defense missile system costs tens of thousands of dollars. It turns out an analogue of firing a cannon at sparrows.

Thus, unmanned aircraft should neither be overestimated nor underestimated. It can be actively used in conflicts of low and medium intensity against an enemy that does not have a modern air defense system, but it can create problems for an army armed with powerful air defense systems. War has its own economy... Why are we all talking about this?

Moreover, there has been a positive trend in Russia: in the past few years, projects of new drones of all classes - "Orlan", "Orion", "Altius", "Hunter", have appeared. Spiteful critics can say that all these are piece copies, but the argument is “crooked”, since the projects are very young, and before the launch of the UAV into a series, it must be properly “driven”, identified and eliminated all “childhood illnesses” so that later the same ill-wishers would not have the opportunity to mock some problems. What is gratifying is that at least one Russian reconnaissance and strike drone is already definitely ready for mass production.

We are talking about the "Orion" developed by the "Kronstadt" company, which is also called the "pacer". Work on the device began in 2011 by order of the RF Ministry of Defense. The Russian UAV is a direct competitor to the Turkish Bayraktar, a medium-altitude, long-range drone. Beginning in 2018, Orion began to be tested for armament, and from 2019 - tested in real combat conditions in Syria. On a suspension, a domestic UAV can carry: corrected air bombs KAB-50, guided gliding bombs UPAB-50, unguided air bombs FAB-50, an analogue of Turkish MAM-S - corrected small-sized air bombs KAB-20, as well as an analogue of the American AGM-114 Hellfire - airborne guided bombs X-50 missiles. The result is a powerful enough shock drone that can compete with the "Turk" in the hunt for enemy armored vehicles on an equal footing.

However, now the Orion's capabilities are not limited to actions against the “earth”. Just a few days ago, this UAV demonstrated the ability to conduct an air battle against another UAV. The Russian drone was able to intercept and destroy a helicopter-type intruder drone that simulated an attempt to break through to a military airfield. The conditional enemy tried to approach the target covertly, actively maneuvering and using the terrain. Despite this, the intruder was found and eliminated. At the same time, the domestic UAV was so "harsh" that it was able to shoot down an air target with the 9M133FM-3 "Kornet-EM" anti-tank missile.

What conclusions can we draw from what happened? Over the past decade, Russia has developed and prepared for mass production an effective and competitive reconnaissance and strike UAV, capable not only of striking ground targets, such as tanks or artillery installations, but also of conducting aerial combat against other drones. Once on alert, the Orions will be able to conduct constant patrols, for example, in the area of ​​the Khmeimim airbase, intercepting enemy UAVs before they strike, which will qualitatively strengthen the Russian air defense system. And it is time for the Bayraktars to begin to be afraid, since they have their own hunter.
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  1. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 25 December 2021 14: 15
    +1
    Glory to the Lord ... Finally, Marzhetsky saw something positive fellow
  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 25 December 2021 15: 12
    +1
    What really is, we do not know for certain. We will find out some details about the events years later.
    Here's an example. Syria 2015 ...

  3. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) 25 December 2021 16: 07
    0
    A start has been made and it pleases, now it is necessary to move on, constantly improving and improving unmanned systems and their weapons.
  4. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 25 December 2021 17: 43
    +2
    Glory to the Lord .. Finally, Marzhetsky saw something positive fellow

    In fact, I am honestly writing about all the good things that happen with us. For which he was awarded the Prize in the framework of the Good News of Russia competition smile
    Unfortunately, just not as much good is happening as we would like. Therefore, I write just as honestly about the bad. hi
  5. Michael1950 Offline Michael1950
    Michael1950 (Michael) 25 December 2021 18: 34
    -3
    Russian "Orion" turned into a "killer" of Turkish and Israeli drones

    - where does this nonsense come from ?? About "Israeli drone killer"?! laughing lol
    1. S WITH Offline S WITH
      S WITH (N S) 25 December 2021 19: 17
      +1
      Jews sold a lot of their UAVs to naive suckers
  6. S WITH Offline S WITH
    S WITH (N S) 25 December 2021 18: 58
    +1
    Orion is a trifle in comparison with the fact that soon the Russian Federation will have an autonomous stealth robot fighter of the 6th generation with AFAR (then ROFAR) and with 5 hyper missiles in compartments with a range of up to 190 km

  7. Michael1950 Offline Michael1950
    Michael1950 (Michael) 25 December 2021 19: 28
    -2
    Quote: S S
    Jews sold a lot of their UAVs to naive suckers

    These suckers? lol
    https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/IAI_Searcher
    1. S WITH Offline S WITH
      S WITH (N S) 25 December 2021 19: 44
      +1
      in April 2009, Russia purchased two for study! Searcher II for $ 12 million
      - I say suckers were sold for exploitation and not for Russians
  8. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
    gunnerminer (gunner miner) 26 December 2021 00: 17
    -2
    There are no serial, adopted into service with Russian UAVs, carriers of high-precision weapons. The Orion group Kronstadt can only produce one piece. One set was produced. A plant for serial production of Orion UAVs is planned in Dubna. The video shows that there are only two containers with an ATGM missile under the planes of the UAV. This is not enough. The helicopter-type target does not maneuver. The operator will have to drive the UAV back and forth to replenish the ammunition. The containers themselves reduce the speed of the UAV. The ATGM missile has a target speed limit, and is useless against a maneuvering UAV, especially an aircraft type. The United States is able to attach a Stinger missile to a UAV to destroy air targets.
    It can be seen that the video clip was being prepared in a hurry for a report to some high-ranking official.
    1. Stanislav Bykov Offline Stanislav Bykov
      Stanislav Bykov (Stanislav) 26 December 2021 00: 37
      +2
      There are no serial, adopted into service with Russian UAVs, carriers of high-precision weapons. The Orion group Kronstadt can only produce one piece.
      production of UAV Orion is planned in Dubna.

      Again decided to throw on the fan? The plant is not planned, it has ALREADY been opened and serial production of "Orions" will begin from the NEXT year!

      Russia is putting drone production on stream. Yesterday, December 22, the press service of the Kronstadt company announced the opening in Dubno of the first specialized serial production plant of large-size unmanned aerial vehicles in the Russian Federation.

      “This is the first aircraft plant built in post-Soviet Russia. The enterprise has three workshops: a section for the manufacture of parts and tooling from composite materials and a paint department; unit assembly shop; final assembly workshop. More than 400 items of forming and assembly tooling and equipment have been purchased, commissioning is underway, "the press service of the Kronshtadt company said.

      https://vpk.name/news/567492_rossiya_gotova_k_seriinoi_sborke_krupnorazmernyh_dronov.html
      1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
        gunnerminer (gunner miner) 26 December 2021 00: 43
        -3
        With the UAV Outpost, structurally less complex, we were busy for a year. And this is only with the assembly of the fuselage, planes. Without filling! With the help of specialists from Israel. The plant does not produce anything at the moment. In your link the words "put", "will begin." At present, the issue of arming the UAV with high-tone weapons is only being discussed. The chicken in the nest is only clucking, and has not laid an egg.
        1. Stanislav Bykov Offline Stanislav Bykov
          Stanislav Bykov (Stanislav) 26 December 2021 00: 52
          +3
          You have a rather violent fantasy, better tell me how the APU is doing, laughing today I read that they again suffered heavy losses
          1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
            gunnerminer (gunner miner) 26 December 2021 01: 06
            -3
            Congratulations to them. They've been suffering casualties since 2014. Don't spare ammunition for them.
        2. Stanislav Bykov Offline Stanislav Bykov
          Stanislav Bykov (Stanislav) 26 December 2021 00: 55
          +2
          Here's another "good" news for you and Bindyuzhnik for yesterday

          First Deputy General Director of Rostec Vladimir Artyakov said that the state corporation is launching serial production of the new T-14 Armata tank, the Russia 24 TV channel reports.

          “Among the main, I would say, powerful or breakthrough projects for the supply of the Ministry of Defense, we can note (...) our new T-14 tank, which everyone in the world is already talking about, we are launching it into serial production,” he said.

          https://www.gazeta.ru/army/news/2021/12/24/17060677.shtml
          1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
            gunnerminer (gunner miner) 26 December 2021 01: 08
            -3
            They have been talking about the launch of production of the T-14 for several years. Do you know who Gosolin Artyakov was before working for the state corporation "Rostec"? Did you find yourself in Rostec?
            1. Stanislav Bykov Offline Stanislav Bykov
              Stanislav Bykov (Stanislav) 26 December 2021 02: 55
              +2
              In general, it is not interesting who he was, if Rostec makes such statements, no matter who, Artyakov or Chemezov himself, then the tank has been tested, refined, the technological chains are debugged and the industry is ready for mass production
              1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
                gunnerminer (gunner miner) 26 December 2021 09: 09
                -2
                How ready it is will be seen next year. Judging by the results, by the rate of delivery of the UAV, T-14, Kurgansev complexes, to units and subunits of the Air Force of the Russian Armed Forces. There were big problems with the engines, first of all. The term is unlikely. A lot of people once wrote, for example, about a heavy-type UAV Skat. They rolled out its mock-up in front of the shed. But it did not go further than rolling out. The result also depends on the next State program, which is still being discussed. What budget of the Ministry of Defense will be drawn up for 2022. Artyakov was the governor of the Saratov region. And he showed himself weakly in this position. It was a big surprise for me that he was appointed to the leadership of Rostec. He is far from Lee Kuan Yew, to put it mildly, and not a Stalinist People's Commissar. 30s.
              2. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
                gunnerminer (gunner miner) 26 December 2021 09: 41
                -4
                There is a fresh anecdote on this career topic.

                - Sema, I want to tell you that now it has become very difficult to climb the career ladder.
                - Abram, I'll tell you more, it became difficult to even approach her
          2. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
            gunnerminer (gunner miner) 26 December 2021 09: 15
            -3
            The most important thing is that you do not flinch when you use the electronic map of the ESUTZ system to inflict arrows of the offensive of your armored division in the direction of the Romanian border. Do not spare the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but humanely treat those prisoners who run in droves to surrender to your division. They are the main ones. future builders of those cities with a million-plus population about which the MO Sergei Kuzhugetovich Shoigu spoke so vividly !!
            And I will support you with posts, speeches, speeches.
    2. SERVER Offline SERVER
      SERVER (Sergei ) 28 December 2021 12: 22
      +1
      It can be seen that the video clip was being prepared in a hurry for a report to some high-ranking official. This is a clipping from a recently unveiled film, War of the Drones, by Vesti. The film is more than half an hour, interesting. It just says that the main task of this UAV is not hunting for other people's UAVs, but reconnaissance, and the Kornet missiles, as an addition, in case an enemy drone is encountered on the way.
      1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
        gunnerminer (gunner miner) 28 December 2021 12: 43
        -1
        True, haste is visible even to a superficial glance ... (container under the wing, non-maneuvering helicopter target, etc.).