Project standing in the National Technology Initiative Aeronet

Aeronet Road Map – par. 1.10 Creation of Ground Testing Infrastructure

UAS test site is a mechanism for ensuring access to the market of unmanned aircraft services
only for the certified UAS

General Project Information

Funding source:

Project Support Fund of the National Technological Initiative (NTI Fund)

Customer coordinating the project:

The National Research Center – Zhukovsky Institute

Grant recipient – project executive agent:


Project contributors:

The National Research Center – Zhukovsky Institute

The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky (TsAGI)

Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University)


Total project cost constitutes 571 002 thousand rubles, where:

  • Budgetary funds – 496 771 thousand rubles (87%)

  • Extrabudgetary funds (own funds of the project executive agent – 74 231 thousand rubles (13%)

Project deadlines: 01.10.19 – 30.11.21

Major UAS Testing Leaders

Flight test research center for unmanned aviation for developers and manufacturers of experimental and serial unmanned vehicles of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation (Salka aerodrome)

Global infrastructure of UAS test sites

International Consortium of UAS Testers

The international consortium of Aeronautical Test Sites (ICATS) that was established in 2014. The aim of the company is to support the aviation industry ensuring the development, testing and final UAS certification leading to UAS use in the common airspace.

The goal is achieved by:

  • exchange of information on operational safety, flight rules and actual experience of UAS operation in the common airspace

  • encouraging industry to demonstrate and test subsystem technologies that will create the necessary international standard for future UAS construction

  • work with the respective regulatory authorities and continue increasing confidence in UAS

Approval pending

Project Implementation Factors

Own Allocated Airspace

Existing Infrastructure

Hotel complex for 200 people

Hangars for aircraft equipment storage and maintenance

Meteorological Support

Information Support

Automation facilities complex for multi-sensor surveillance system at Orlovka airfield

Air Traffic Control Facilities

ATC tower operating room at Orlovka airfield

Experimental models developed in 2012-2015

Cooperation With Accredited UAS Certification Centers

The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky (TsAGI)

General Director

Kirill Sypalo

Public-private partnership for the investment infrastructure project implementation on mutually beneficial terms for business and the state (Federal Law No. 224 of July 13, 2015)


Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mikhail Kizilov

State scientific center of the Russian Federation

Accredited certification center

Agreement on cooperation in the field of UAS certification tests

Private innovation company

Accredited UAS certification test lab

Project Idea and Implementation Approach

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Short product description

Digital and flight UAS test site platform is a distributed software and hardware complex of virtual and flight tests for the purpose of UAS creation and certification.

Digital and flight UAS test site platform reproduces a single physical and virtual environment for the UAV and its mathematical counterpart to function. It allows reducing development time as well as increasing informational value and enhancing flight tests safety.

Future Prospects

New functional objectives



Flight-practical conference of the Union of Aviation Industrialists of Russia "Digital Sky: time of drones and regions" November 29, 2018

All-Russian flight-practical conference-exhibition "Unmanned aviation technologies in the fuel and energy complex of Russia" May 30-31, 2018

As part of the event Orlovka airfield (IANS, JSC) hosted an exhibition and presentation of UAVs and Antidrone (C-UAV) systems, as well as flight competitions for the fuel and energy complex prize (May  31, 2018).

Conduction of air shows and forums on unmanned aviation with static UAS exposition and performing demonstration flights

UAS test site is the “all-included” project for Aeronet participants

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