Russian defense ministry set a task to develop a special aircraft to patrol Arctic with long flight duration and range, and special equipment and armament onboard.
Development of the new aircraft will start upon tender results. Airplanes based Tu-214, A-40/42, and probably Be-200 may attend the tender. Certainly, today it is prematurely to talk about the tender terms, reports Interfax citing a source in Russian defense industry.
At present, dozens of Russian Navy's antisubmarine and patrol aircraft Il-38 and Il-38N are involved in patrolling of Arctic territories. Overaged airplanes will be written off in the nearest years.
In its turn, Canada plans to engage upgraded version of American unmanned aircraft RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk made by Northrop Grumman to patrol Arctic. That UAV is called Polar Hawk. As is expected, it will be adapted for operation in extremely cold conditions being capable to control up to 22,000 sq km.
The Polar Hawk unmanned aircraft will rise up to 18,300 meters and perform non-stop monitoring through 33 hours.