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Russian Company in Talks to Sell Predator-Like Drone to Middle Eastern Nation

Russian Company in Talks to Sell Predator-Like Drone to Middle Eastern Nation
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By    |   Thursday, 23 August 2018 06:35 PM

A Russian defense company is discussing the sale of its armed military drone to a Middle Eastern nation, likely either Syria or Egypt, according to a new report.

Defense News reported Thursday that Kronshtadt Group confirmed it is mulling the sale of its Orion unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to a country in the volatile region. According to the report, it would involve the Orion-E, with a range of 250 kilometers (around 155 miles) and a flight time of up to 24 hours at 8,000 meters above the ground.

One version of the drone has the capability to carry 200 kilograms of cargo, presumably some sort of ordinance.

Russian military expert Samuel Bendett told Defense News that the drone "most closely resembles America's Predator/Gray Eagle UAV in its technical characteristics."

He added that Syria and Egypt would be the likely suitors for the drone, but other potential customers include the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and Iraq.

"Russia is keen to win new UAV markets but realizes it has an uphill climb against American, Israeli and Chinese UAVs in the short- to mid-range sector," Bendett said.

Russia has stepped up its presence in the Middle East as it seeks to have more global influence. It has partnered with the Syrian government, for example, to help fight rebel forces in the war-torn nation.

U.S. and Russian officials are trying to work out an agreement that would allow them to play on the same team when it comes to the Syria.

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