⚡️ First Tests of a Wheeled Drone for Ukrainian Defenders

These are the first sea tri­als of a wheeled drone. It eas­i­ly over­comes off-road con­di­tions and var­i­ous obsta­cles. With full equip­ment, it will become an effec­tive recon­nais­sance drone, says design engi­neer and project man­ag­er Andrey Shevchenko. This is a rotat­ing tur­ret that will have a sur­veil­lance cam­era installed. It will also be equipped with an infrared cam­era and a night vision cam­era. Remote con­trol of the drone is cru­cial. At this test­ing stage, the design­ers’ task is to ensure the unin­ter­rupt­ed oper­a­tion of their machine, mak­ing the radio con­trol sig­nal sta­ble even close to the ene­my’s posi­tion. Cur­rent­ly, we are putting a lot of effort into work­ing on pro­tec­tion from elec­tron­ic war­fare sys­tems to con­trol with­out inter­fer­ence at a dis­tance of up to 5 km, depend­ing on the land­scape of the area. In addi­tion to our own efforts, we took the solu­tion includ­ed in some exam­ples of wheeled con­struc­tion equip­ment as the basis for devel­op­ment. The machine is maneu­ver­able, and, most impor­tant­ly, it is low-noise due to the elec­tric dri­ve. It has a full elec­tric dri­ve, and both the front and rear plat­forms have autonomous dri­ves. On top, there is space for plac­ing addi­tion­al car­go.

The sec­ond mod­el, a car­go drone, was designed based on the expe­ri­ence already gained. This machine was eas­i­er to design; from assem­bly to test­ing, only 4 weeks passed. This drone is designed to trans­port goods to the front lines for the evac­u­a­tion of the wound­ed. It is capa­ble of car­ry­ing almost a ton of pro­vi­sions, with a load­ing weight of 800 kg. Behind, there will be a side with a flat plat­form to trans­port peo­ple or car­go and deliv­er it to the right place. In the com­ing week, the drone will under­go final tests. The authors of the project hope that after them, the drones will be hand­ed over to the Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary.

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