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Russian Post to Use Drones to Deliver Mail

(20 July 2021) Russian Helicopters has signed an agreement with Russian Post on the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) in the Chukotka Autonomous District.

The first test flights will take place along the Anadyr-Ugolnye Kopi route in Chukotka by the end of 2021.

Following experimental flights, the parties plan to run unmanned aircraft on 20 routes and use them to deliver up to 245 tons of mail per year.

Two Russian Helicopters drones - BAS-200 and VRT300 - will be used for cargo delivery.

"Russia has a huge number of hard-to-reach regions where unmanned aircraft can cut delivery times in half on average," said Maxim Akimov, Director General of Russian Post. "According to our calculations, the use of the "Aerotaxi" project in the future will also increase cargo traffic volume by 11 times and at the same time logistics services cost will be reduced by 1.81 times."

Andrey Boginsky (right), Director General of Russian Helicopters and Maxim Akimov, Director General of Russian Post, signed the document at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Show. Click to enlarge.

Russian Post plans to launch unmanned delivery on 48 routes in four regions - Chukotka Autonomous District, Kamchatka Krai, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District and Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District.

"I am confident that this project will create a solid base for further drone technology implementation to postal services, which is especially important for Russians who live in remote and hard-to-reach areas of our large country," said Andrei Boginsky, Director General of Russian Helicopters. "If the pilot project becomes successful, we will be ready to sign the first contract for cargo transportation by drones next year and later on, we will be able to scale this experience to other regions."

BAS-200 has a maximum take-off weight of 200 kilograms can be applied for terrain monitoring, cargo delivery, search and rescue, and agricultural work. It can reach a speed of up to 160 km/h and is capable of transporting a load of up to 50 kilograms. The BAS-200 is capable of flying up to 4 hours at altitudes of up to 3,900 meters. A ground control complex can provide communication with the drone at a range of up to 100 kilometers. Project development and flight tests are conducted by the Mil & Kamov National Helicopter Center.

The VRT300 has a maximum take-off weight of up to 380 kg and can be applied for terrain monitoring, cargo delivery, forest protection activities, search and rescue, and agricultural needs. The drone can carry a payload of 70 kilograms, reach speeds of up to 130 km/h and fly a range of up to 325 kilometers. The actual flight is 5,800 meters and the maximum flight time is 5 hours. The VRT300 was designed by VR-Technology.

Andrey Boginsky and Maxim Akimov signed the deal at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Show.

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