Tilt-rotor craft of Russian Helicopters Holding performs maiden flight

A unique unmanned tilt-rotor craft.

A unique unmanned tilt-rotor craft.

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The project is part of the Skorost (Speed) program of Russian Helicopters

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.

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