Yakovlev Pchela

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This article is about the Russian UAV. For the Bulgarian town, see Pchela.
Pchela-1T UAV on the BTR-D vehicle
Pchela-1T UAV on a starting ramp (closeup view)

The Yakovlev Pchela-1T (Пчела-1Т meaning bee) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufactured by the Russian Yakovlev Design Bureau. Its primary use is for surveillance and observation in battlefield environments with downlinked video. Other implementations and uses include target designation and as a training target.

The Pchela is launched using rocket assist by two solid-propellant booster rocket engines, and it is recovered via parachute.

The Pchela-1T has a range 60 km (37 mi), flies at 100–2500 m (328-8,203 ft) altitude at 120–180 km/h (75-112 mph). The Maximum Take-Off Weight for the vehicle is 138 kg (304 lb). Yak lists the vehicle endurance at two hours.

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