Russia is building “all-seeing eye” drones integrated with a technology that can process hyperspectral data. The drones have the ability look beyond the usual boundaries of the electromagnetic spectrum of the human eye.
The United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) said its new payload modules for Russian drones will help improve the country’s aerial surveillance and monitoring of the surface of the earth.
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UIMC is a subsidiary of Rostec, a state-controlled corporation. It specializes in developing and manufacturing communication tools and systems, automated control systems, electronic security systems, and robotic systems.
Sergey Skokov, deputy CEO of UIMC said based the technology of the “all-seeing eye” drones on the unique characteristics of spectral radiation emitted by every object or material.
According to him, the drones can immediately identify anything in its field of view. The drones can also differentiate objects if they are natural or man-made, which allows Russia to conduct accurate aerial surveillance and monitoring of the Earth’s surface.
Skokov added that the Russian all-seeing eye drones can detect military equipment, camouflaged, and hidden equipment automatically. Its systems can identify its target independently using a database of Hyperspectral characteristics of different objects and materials.
Furthermore, Skokov said Russia can also use the drones for other purposes such as assessing the state of forests, determining the composition of species or evaluating the impact of wildfire and pests.
Russia can also use the drones to improve its agricultural sector by examining the quality of the soil and determine the growing areas of crops and diseases. According to Skokov, experts from an experimental farm in the Leningrad region are already using the drones for this purpose.
Russia develops first drone engine
Russia recently developed its first drone engine, which only costs $7,700 to produce. Russia had been paying $61,000 for foreign drone engines.
UIMC developed the drone engine. The company also developed a supercomputer that can operate robots and drones. The supercomputer can operate ten drones simultaneously to collect and transmit aerial reconnaissance data.
Last month, it was reported that Russia is building a drone submarine to deliver large-scale nuclear weapons. Moscow is boosting its military capabilities amid the increasing geopolitical tension, particularly with the United States.
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently emphasized that his country needs a “powerful army equipped with modern weapon” to guarantee its sovereignty and territorial integrity. He promised to spend $400 billion by 2020 to modernize Russia’s military including the acquisition of new ships, planes, missiles, and tanks.
Russia steps up airstrikes in Syria
Meanwhile, Russia stepped up its airstrikes in Syria. According to Russian Defense Ministry, its fighter jets conducted 55 sorties over the past 24 hours.
The Russian fighter jets are supporting the offensive launched by the troops of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The latest bombings hit that training camps and weapon arsenals of the Islamic State.
Yesterday, President Putin pointed out that his objective in sending warplanes to Syria is to help resolve the conflict in Syria. He said, “Our task is to stabilize the legal government and create the right conditions for reaching a political compromise. We have no desire to recreate an empire and resurrect the Soviet Union.”
President Putin added that Russia and the United States were making progress in technical cooperation to prevent unintentional confrontation between their warplanes in the crowded Middle Eastern airspace.
“Our specialists have received requests and suggestions from the American side, have formed their vision of joint work and have sent it to the Pentagon,” said President Putin.