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Secret Russian UAV Design Revealed

A model of a previously unseen Russian unmanned air vehicle potentially capable of performing strike missions has been inadvertently revealed, with the regional republic of Tatarstan's government having posted images of the design online following a ministerial visit.
Picturesshowing the Altius UAV were briefly published on the website after a visit to Tatarstan by Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu on 5 February.
 They were subsequently removed, but had already been reproduced by the business dailyVedomosti.
One image taken from the rear of the model shows a high-winged aircraft apparently powered by two turboprop engines, with the design also featuring a slab-sided rear fuselage and a V-shaped tail. 
Sokol also later posted a graphic of the type on its website showing its streamlined forward fuselage, but without a representative sensor payload or communications equipment depicted.

Tatarstan-based Sokol and St Petersburg-based Tranzas won a 1 billion rouble ($33 million) contract…