Swords into plowshares


Beat their swords into plowshares? Defense utilizes outdated drones.

15 January 2014. The Ministry of Defense is actively preparing for the disposal of unmanned aerial systems, which came into service more than 20 years ago. For three years, utilized nine unmanned aerial vehicles. Their use was considered inefficient, and storage was not very appropriate. This was reported by the newspaper "Izvestia", with reference to the documents on the development of the air forces of Russia.

For three years, industrial enterprises (which will be determined in mid-March of this year) will have to use non-ferrous and ferrous metals, silver, platinum and gold, as well as metals from the platinum group to process the Reis, Stryzh, Krylo and "Bee-1".


The Reis complex was commissioned at the beginning of the 1970s. He conducted radio and photo reconnaissance. Shooting from a height 500 meters allowed on the ground to recognize objects the size of twenty centimeters.

The Swift passed state tests in the 1980 year and was mainly intended for aerial reconnaissance work using an infrared camera and a camera. The device could rise to a height of six kilometers and accelerated to one thousand kilometers per hour, overcoming a distance of 900 kilometers in one flight.

The “wing”, a device similar to it, was also equipped with a turbojet engine and had a fuselage-like shape with a wing located very low.

Unmanned aerial vehicle "Pchela-1" was used during the first Chechen campaign. This device had a smaller size and could transmit the image in the thermal and television ranges in real time.


"Bee-1» drone

The composition of the unmanned complex, in addition to the aircraft itself, also includes a whole complex of equipment, which, together with the aircraft, has to be reworked, since its parts also include valuable metals.

All Recycling work at the Defense Ministry plans to spend up to 20,8 million rubles.