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Arctic drone prototypes presented at MAKS airshow for the first time
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Arctic drone prototypes presented at MAKS airshow for the first time

Russian Helicopters presented for the first time the prototype of the VRT300, an unmanned aircraft designed for Arctic exploration, at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Show, the company's press service told RIA Novosti.

"Russian Helicopters presented for the first time the prototypes of the VRT300 unmanned helicopter-type aircraft at the MAKS airshow," the message said.

The VRT300 class is being developed in two versions: Arctic Supervision (equipped with a side-facing radar unit for ice reconnaissance and operation in Arctic conditions) and Opticvision (with an increased flying range for monitoring and remote sensing). The drone payload is 70 kilograms.

"Arctic exploration is currently an issue of great interest. For instance, shipping companies that plan to use the Northern Sea Route all year need to be able to monitor ice conditions along the course. The technology in VRT300 will allow for measuring the thickness of the ice and adjust the route in accordance with the new data," said Russian Helicopters general director Andrei Boginsky.