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Eye in the Arctic Sky: Russia Building Heavy Drone to Monitor Arctic Shelf

© Sputnik / Valeriy MelnikovKara-Winter 2015 expedition in the Arctic
Kara-Winter 2015 expedition in the Arctic - Sputnik International
A 1.7-ton heavy drone to monitor the Arctic shelf will be built in Russia in the coming years with its maiden flight scheduled for late 2017, one of its developers said Wednesday.

Kara-Winter 2015 Arctic expedition - Sputnik International
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NIZHNY TAGIL (Sputnik) — Two Russian engineering and software companies, RTI Systems Concern and Tiber, announced at a press conference on Wednesday that they would cooperate on the project to create a drone that could fly non-stop for 35 hours at a distance of 2,485 miles.

The announcement was made on the sidelines of an international military show, Russia Arms Expo RAE-2015, underway in Nizhny Tagil, Russia on September 9-12.

RTI Systems said in August that it was building an integrated system to monitor the Arctic. It will comprise remote-controlled drones, radars, and various sorts of transport and communications equipment worth a total of 6 billion rubles, or over $93 million at the August exchange rate.

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