Bill Gertz
Washington Free Beacon
November 13, 2013

Russian defense minister Sergey Shoygu, who revealed the drone.  Credit: Vitaly V. Kuzmin via Wikipedia
Russian defense minister Sergey Shoygu, who revealed the drone. Credit: Vitaly V. Kuzmin via Wikipedia

Russia is developing its first long-range drone aircraft capable of conducting ground attack missions, but lags behind other militaries in building unmanned aerial combat vehicles, according to U.S. officials.

The new drone is being developed in secret and was first revealed in online images earlier this year.

U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports said the drone is being called the Altius-M and work is being done at the Sokol Design Bureau in Tatarstan, a Russian republic.

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