The possibility of using heavy drones for border control in the Russian Arctic
Russian developers are studying the possibility of using heavy drones for border control in Arctic regions. Vladimir Kulishov, First Deputy Director of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation ( FSB) and Head of the Frontier Service of the FSB, told about it in his interview to TASS.
"In the interests of border activities in remote areas of the Arctic and the Far East seas, medium and heavy class drones, providing long distances data transmission and less dependent on weather conditions, will be needed in the medium term. Due to this, industrial enterprises are currently studying the possibility of manufacturing a helicopter-type unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), capable of taking off and landing both on border patrol ships, with aircraft and technical complex, and on the coast”, reported Vladimir Kulishov.
He had also noted that drones are already being used. “Locally manufactured UAS are actively used in border protection, as well as balloon-borne surveillance systems designed for the control of remote areas of the borders and coordination of border guard during the searches”, said the Head of the Border Service. In addition, in 2019, border guards received a new multi-copter-type device, capable of staying over a chosen area and being used in day and night conditions.
“The use of drones makes it possible to significantly improve the efficiency of state border protection in hard-to-reach and remote areas, as well as in areas of active illegal activities”, he concluded.