KRET’s new electric motors for drones have passed factory tests

Photo by © Buryatia Government Press Service

The Ulan-Ude Instrument-Making Production Association (U-UPPO) of the Radioelectronic Technologies Concern (KRET) has completed tests of electric motors for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Details of the new line of electric motors were presented to Yury Trutnev, Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District, during his working visit to Buryatia.

Vladimir Luchnikov, General Director of U-UPPO, noted that the first pilot batch of modern electric motors had successfully passed not only factory tests, but also tests on the Burya-10 unmanned aerial vehicle. The products are made entirely of domestic components, have low weight and high efficiency.

The Burya-10 UAV was presented at the Eastern Economic Forum exhibition in 2023. The vehicle is a hybrid aircraft-type UAV, which takes off and lands vertically using four electric motors. Its maximum speed is 130 kilometres per hour and its payload is up to six kilograms. Functionally, the device can carry out autosurveillance of the object, carry out filming using TV and thermal imagers, determine coordinates, detect targets from a height of up to 4,500 metres.

“The first pilot batch of modern electric motors has already passed factory tests, as well as tests as installed samples on the unmanned aerial vehicle of aircraft type Burya-10. The enterprise is ready to put the whole line of products into production. For this purpose we have the necessary personnel potential and machine park,” the KRET press-service quotes the words of U-UPPO Director General.

In Siberia and the Far East, U-UPPO is the only enterprise engaged in the development of a modern line of collectorless, stepper motors and generators. Such motors are used in UAVs, industry and mechanical engineering.

Four types of electric motors for drones have already been developed and are in the production mastering stage – Sarma, Hius, Barguzin and Kultuk. Each of them has its own features and differs in power and a number of other parameters, including capacity.