UAV equipment, including satellites, UAV cameras, and UAV communication equipment are being purchased by Russia in a bid to expand its UAV fleet.
According to a recent contract with state-owned company Rosoboronexport, the company will provide the Russian government with up to 2,500 satellites for its UAS fleet.
The contract is valued at $1 billion, with the government paying Rosoborbital and Rosobotransnosti a total of $1,6 billion.
The deal will see Rosoboborones satellites deployed by 2019.
The UAV industry is an increasingly important part of Russia’s defense budget.
The country’s military is spending more on its armed forces than any other country.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Russian armed forces have about 2,600 UAV platforms, with another 300,000 UAV surveillance drones and another 200,000 unmanned aerial vehicles.
In the past two years, Russia has bought more than 20,000 small, unarmed UAV systems, including several that can be fitted with cameras.