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Shmel-1 (Bumblebee) YAK-061

Country of Origin: Russia


The Shmel (Bumblebee) has been the Russian army's primary close-range reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Shmel has high mounted straight wings with turned-down tips and ailerons for roll control. A broad-chord ring enshrouds the pusher propeller and the rotable elevator and rudder. According to its manufacturer, the Shmel-1's annular channel ensures:

    "an increase in the effective thrust of the propeller; "an increase in the efficiency of the control surfaces by...

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