Russia's Yakovlev design bureau is to begin research and development of a new unmanned air vehicle for the Russian military this year, with the system expected to be similar in dimensions to the in-service Pchela-1, but with more advanced sensors. An infrared sensor-equipped Pchela-IK is believed to have entered service this year, with between six and 10 to be accepted into service, according to the Russian defence ministry. The new UAV will be produced in Smolensk.

Source: Flight International