Orlan-10 is a medium-range, multi-purpose unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Russian firm Special Technology Center LLC (ООО Специальный Технологический Центр) in St Petersburg. The UAV is in service with the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.
The UAV features modular design with high-wing configuration, while its tail section comprises a tail-plane and a vertical stabilizer.
It has a wing span of 3.1m and its aerodynamic fuselage is 2m-long. The empty weight and maximum take-off weights of the UAV are 12.5kg and 16.5kg respectively.
Payloads carried on Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle
The UAV’s modular design is provided with a number of interchangeable payloads allowing for greater mission flexibility.
It carries a day-light camera, a thermal imaging camera, a video camera and a radio transmitter in a gyro-stabilised camera pod that is fitted under the fuselage. The cameras provide real-time intelligence, 3D maps, surveillance, and aerial reconnaissance of ground-based targets.
The imagery, video and other sensor data collected by the payloads is transmitted to the ground control station in real-time, through a data link.
Command and control modes
The Orlan-10 can execute missions in both autonomous and remote control modes. An autopilot aboard the drone enables it to operate autonomously based on pre-defined waypoints. In this mode, the flight path can be modified by the operator during the flight.
“The Orlan-10 complex consists of unmanned aerial vehicles, launch and recovery systems, ground control segment, and swappable payloads.”
The drone can be remotely operated by its associated ground control station, installed on MP32M1 command and control vehicle. Developed by Russian state-owned Roselectronika, the ground segment can control up to four aerial vehicles simultaneously.
In the remote control mode, operator at the mobile ground segment sends command and control data to the drone through the digital data link.
Orlan-10 UAV propulsion and performance
The Orlan-10 is powered by an internal combustion engine, driving a two-blade propeller mounted in the nose.
The drone can transmit telemetry data to a range between 120km and 600km from the launch station and endure for approximately 18 hours. Its cruising and maximum speeds are 110km/h and 150km/h respectively.
The UAV can fly at a maximum altitude of 5km in all weather conditions in difficult terrains. It can withstand wind speeds of 10m/s and operate in temperatures ranging from -30°C to 40°C.