September 28, 2020

Russia’s Weird Fixar Drone Offers Military Capabilities At Commercial Rates

Featuring Samuel Bendett

Source: Forbes

Journalist Kelsey D. Atherton

Russia’s Fixar drone is designed for the sweet spot between quadcopters and fixed-wing aircraft. With rotors set at an angle and wings for efficiency, it can take off and land vertically, while still offering endurance over distance. Fixar went on sale in Russia this September, with a plan for foreign exports by the end of the year.

With its bright red carapace and oddly placed rotors, the Fixar drone, made by Russia’s Innovative Integrated Systems, exemplifies the dual-use nature of modern drone platforms.

“The manufacturer plans to export FIXAR 007 to the CIS, EU, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia - in other words, launch a truly global campaign into rapidly growing commercial markets,” said Samuel Bendett, a CNAS Adjunct Senior Fellow who researches applications of Russian military unmanned system and AI. “This shows growing confidence among Russian UAV manufactures in their technology and in the receptivity of their technology around the world.”

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Authors

  • Samuel Bendett

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Samuel Bendett is an Adviser with CNA's Adversary Analysis Group, where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a N...