Rostec drone begins delivering Russian Post correspondence in the Far North
The ABC-200 was developed by Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Rostec, for Russian Post's special project 'Unmanned Aerial Cargo Delivery.'16 March 2023
An unmanned aerial system (BAS-200) was used for the first time in Russia to deliver mail in the Far North—despite the thirty-degree frost outside, people living in the polar region received letters and parcels. MK-Yamal wrote about it, citing Rostec's press service..
The postal drone flights in Yamal were Russia's first successful experience of transporting cargo in the Far North by so-called heavy helicopter-type drones. For this purpose, the BAS-200 was temporarily introduced into the Russian Post system and handled deliveries from Salekhard via the Ob River to Labytnangi. In a straight line, it's 14 km, but by road, it's about 19 km.
The drone does not need a special landing site. The weight of the load was 10 kg, but that's not the limit. The BAS made up to seven flights a day and performed well in cold, snowy and low visibility conditions. Inter-flight preparation of the 'unmanned mail helicopter' took no more than 20 minutes, and most of that time was simply spent loading mail.