MAKS19: Radar mms unveils first Russian heavy VTOL UAV

Dmitry Fediushko

Saint Petersburg-based company Radar mms has developed the first Russian vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The VTOL UAV designated BVS VT-500 Briz has been unveiled at the 14th International Aerospace Show (MAKS 2019) being held in Zhukovskiy close to Moscow on 27 August – 1 September.

A spokesperson for Radar mms told European On-Line that the BVS VT-500 is primarily intended for aerial surveillance. “This unmanned aerial system [UAS] comprises two VTOL UAVs with coaxial rotors, which carry an onboard radar station with active and passive channels and an optical-electronic station. The UAS’s containerized ground control station is typically mounted on a KAMAZ-family all-terrain truck,” he said. The vehicle automatically flies along a pre-programmed route that can be corrected in-flight by an operator. “The BVS VT-500 has relatively compact dimensions and transfers data in real-time mode,” said the representative of Radar mms.

According to the manufacturer, the UAV weighs some 500 kg and carries a 150 kg payload. The aircraft has an endurance of 5.5 hours. The BVS VT-500 is powered by a combustion engine, providing a flight speed of up to 155 km/h and a flight altitude of up to 3,500 meters. “The air vehicle can be operated at a temperature range between -30°C and +50°C and at a wind speed of up to 15 m/s,” said a representative of Radar mms. The VTOL UAV is deployed within 50 minutes, he added. “Owing to its coaxial rotor scheme, the BVS VT-500 Briz can effectively be used in a maritime environment,” the spokesperson for the company pointed out.

Photo by Dmitry Fediushko