Russian high-speed attack drone Thunder to be unveiled at Army-2020 forum

As reported, the Kronshtadt Group will, among other things, present for the first time materials on the Thunder high-speed attack unmanned aerial vehicle being developed at the International military-technical forum Army-2020, which will be held in Kubinka from 23 to 29 August 2020.

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Russian high speed attack drone Thunder to be unveiled at Army 2020 forum 925 001The unmanned aerial vehicle of the Loyal Wingman concept, developed by Boeing Australia. (Picture source: Boeing)

The developer claims that the product can be used as a slave in a joint attack with manned vehicles. He will be able to open and hit air defense systems. Using high-precision weapons the drone is capable of hitting ground targets at tactical and operational-tactical depth, as well as surface and coastal targets. In addition, the unmanned vehicle can be used for reconnaissance.

According to preliminary advertising data, the Thunder UAV has the following purpose:

- to work as a “wingman” in the forward attacking echelon in cooperation with manned aircraft;
- opening and destruction of military and object air defense systems;
- defeat by guided high-precision weapons of ground targets in tactical and operational-tactical depth;
- defeat of surface targets and coastal objects;
- performing intelligence functions.

The maximum take-off weight of the drone is 7 tons. At the same time, it is capable of carrying up to two tons of combat load. The length of this aircraft is almost 14 meters, and the wingspan is 10 meters.