The grim war in Ukraine has become the current testing ground for cutting-edge military technology and weaponry for both Western allies and Russia alike. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, in particular, have taken center stage and have initiated a new sort of competition among superpowers.
As the United States continues to aid the Ukrainian troops with dozens of tactical drones to defend positions, Russia has also been in collaboration with Iran to acquire the latter’s lethal drones.
Moscow likewise has been working on a long-range transport drone, its final ground tests video making rounds online after Russian news agency RIA Novosti published the report on Tuesday, March 14.
A Sneak Peek of the Russian TrAMP
In the footage, the first prototype of the TRansport Aviation Multifunctional Platform (or “TrAMP”) can be seen taxiing, checking, and debugging its control systems and mechanisms, as well as performing a series of runs without having to depart the runway.