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Russia & UAE Plan Joint Unmanned Combat Helicopter
2 September 2013 - Russia’s Berkut Aero design bureau and the United Arab Emirate’s Adcom Systems have announced plans to develop an unmanned combat aerial vehicle based on Russia’s two-seat Berkut VL helicopter.
The drone will be deployed aboard naval vessels and have a planned range of 850 km, an increase from up the aircraft's current 600 km endurance. The Berkut VL prototype has a converted VAZ motorcar piston engine powering contra-rotating rotors, but the production model will be s upgraded with a more powerful Lycoming engine.