Russia unveils system for shipboard launch and recovery of drones

According to information released by Tass on August 23, 2022, the Black Sea Higher Naval Academy in Nakhimov unveiled a unique on-board system for launching and landing UAVs during the Army 2022 international military-technical forum.
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According to the patent, the system is designed for short- to medium-range fixed-wing drones. The device can be installed on the runway of any helicopter carrier.

When landing a UAV, an arrow with a handle is deployed outside the deck and “catch” the drone in the air at a right angle. To launch the drone, the boom is deployed either seaward or parallel to the longitudinal axis of the ship, avoiding any collision with superstructure elements.

According to the presentation video, thanks to stabilization, the boom is able to maintain a fixed direction and position in space at a roll angle of -10 to +10 degrees and waves of 2 to 6 m.

The angle of rotation of the boom in the horizontal plane is 250 degrees, the maximum distance between the brackets of the wing catch system is 240 cm.

Admiral Nakhimov Higher Naval School is a higher naval educational institution in Russia that prepares future officers of the Russian Navy. It was created on the basis of both the Black Sea Red Banner Higher Naval Institute “Admiral Pavel Nakhimov” and the Sevastopol Higher Naval Engineering Institute.