Video of Russian Stork UAV crash.

Stephen Trimble from the DEWline reports

Russia’s strange absence of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) stands out among the world’s biggest military spenders. The idea of home-grown, medium-altitude UAV for surveillance and strike is certainly not some US and Israeli fetish. China has the Pterodactyl (also known as Wing-Loong), India has the Rustom. Even relatively smaller spenders, like the United Arab Emirates, has an indigenous medium altitude UAV – the Adcom Smart Eye. In Brazil, Avibras is testing the Falcao. Pick a country and there’s probably somebody developing or operating a medium-altitude UAV.

But not Russia.

Some of that mystery was cleared up by a YouTube video uploaded on Friday. It shows the ultimate fate of the Vega Stork — Russia’s answer to the Predator. That was until 18 January 2010, when the Vega reportedly crashed on take-off during a demonstration flight. This video is likely the record of that ill-fated test.

Full article hereĀ http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2011/09/video-crash-that-dashed-russia.html

Quite why they continued that take off run we shall never know!