SHAH ALAM: Kronsthadt Group Orion E UAV. In 2019 Malaysian Defence posted a story on the eight UASs which was listed as had been forwarded to RMAF in response to a RFI in December 2018. One of the UAS was the Kronsthadt Group Orion E MALE UAV. The Orion E RFI was put forward by local company Alaf Research & Technology for the RFI.
The Orion E is the export variant of the Russian AF version – put into service within the last three years – and the UAV can carry four guided bombs or missiles, a payload of 200 kg and endurance of 24 hours.
As the tender for the MALE UAS like the MPA is an international one, it is likely that the offer for the Orion E was submitted by Kronsthadt together with Rosoboronexport, the Russian state agency for arms export. That said the local company Alaf could also be involved in the tender. It must be noted that on August 28, last year, Rosoboronexport announced its deal with Kronsthadt to market UAVs in the global market.
JSC Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) and JSC Kronshtadt signed an agreement on mutual cooperation in the area of foreign trade on August 24, 2020, during the International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2020”.
The aim of the action plan is to organize efficient interaction between Rosoboronexport and Kronshtadt in order to expand the volume of exports, as well as the nomenclature of unmanned systems of military, dual use and civilian purpose.
“The global market today displays a rapid growth of demand for unmanned aerial vehicles, which is a distinctive feature of the transition to the sixth technological paradigm. The efficiency of such systems has been proved by their use in military conflicts of recent years. Russian producers, following the global trend, are actively engaged in the development of complexes for various market segments. Here, at the “Army-2020” Forum, Kronshtadt has presented for the first time its Orion reconnaissance-strike complex with an impressive spectrum of weapons, which has huge export potential. We are ready to start promoting it to partners from the Asia-Pacific region, Middle East and North Africa as soon as the compilation of all the authorization documents is over,” said Rosoboronexport’s Director General Alexander Mikheev, who also holds position of Deputy Chairman in the Russian Engineering Union.
Apart from the Orion-E complexes with unmanned aerial vehicles, Rosoboronexport will be able to supply to foreign countries other advanced unmanned aerial vehicles, developed and produced by the Kronshtadt company, which are to be tailored to the interests of different security agencies of foreign customers.
“At this exhibition we are presenting a whole line of UAVs, and in the near future we will also be ready to demonstrate them to foreign customers. We have ambitious plans, i.e. over the next three years, we are to become three times larger. We must enlarge our production facilities (both for serial and trial production) and recruit engineers and designers,” noted Kronshtadt’s CEO Sergei Bogatikov
Despite what both companies said CAATSA hangs heavily on Russian arms export. It is likely a big hammer blow for any export deal to Malaysia and other countries.
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