MOSCOW, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Russian Helicopters has completed the first flight test for its unmanned tiltrotor aircraft using a new testing stage.
The aircraft was made by VR-Technologies, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters. The company says government agencies and oil and gas companies have showed interest in the project.
"The development of the unique aircraft started in 2015," VR-Technologies CEO Alexander Okhonko said. "Since then, we have achieved significant results and have already started the first stage of flight tests."
Russian Helicopters first revealed the tiltrotor unmanned aerial vehicle project during the MAKS International Air Show in August 2015. The product will be able to make vertical takeoffs and landings while carrying passengers or cargo at faster speeds than traditional helicopters.
The flight test was conducted as part of Russian Helicopters' adopted Speed program, which aims to create a flying test bed to better determine design layout efficiencies for products.
A unique unmanned tilt-rotor craft has performed its maiden flight and completed another stage of testing, the press service of Russian Helicopters Holding has said.
"Oil and gas companies and various agencies have shown an interest in the unique product. The primary objective of this drone project was to create a flying laboratory for testing the efficiency of layout and searching for innovative solutions," says the report seen by Interfax-AVN on Feb. 17.
The project is part of the Skorost (Speed) program of Russian Helicopters.
"The work on the unique vehicle began in 2015. Since then, we have achieved significant results and have begun the first stage of test flights," the report quoted VR-Technologies General Director Alexander Okhonko as saying.
Tilt-rotor craft are a special class of rotorcraft superior to traditional planes and helicopters by a number of parameters. They can take off and land vertically on limited ground and transport passengers or cargo at a higher speed and to longer distances than traditional helicopters, the report said.
I had a laugh researching this on the web... someone used a picture of the Yak Albatross in their article and passed it as this new type. Some people shouldn't be classified as journalists.
Well maybe it had roots with the Albatross design? Who knows. :P