The russian ministry of defense has released a video of the orion, a state of the art, combat drone developed by russias crunchtad group, destroying an aerial target at a testing range in crimea. The footage which was released by military chiefs on sunday shows the orion lifting off and circling in the air before firing a missile that strikes an unmanned helicopter, destroying it completely. In the description of the video, the ministry wrote the first military application of the newest armed unmanned aerial vehicle uav, the orion in the crimean test site. The description continues. The uav orion will significantly expand the military capabilities of the russian armed forces. It allows not only for dozens of hours of aerial reconnaissance at a great distance from the airfield base, but also for swift strikes at exposed targets. Orion was developed by the crosstalk group, part of a large conglomerate headed by russian billionaire vladimir yeshenkov. This weekend, the company published new photos of the vehicle on its instagram page, along with an announcement of the construction of two new drone hangars near ryzan in western russia, dimitri lithicken, editor of russias, independent military review, told tas that orion is capable of surveilling vast regions. Such as the entire northern sea route spanning the arctic and that authorities in moscow believe it will break the monopoly that china, israel and the us currently have on drone technology. Last week, russia unveiled a new version of its hunter combat drone equipped with advanced stealth capabilities, including a specialized flat rocket nozzle, which allows for reduced radar detection alexei kraviruchko.