Russia wants strike drone April 02, 2012 Moscow : Russia has issued a technical specification development of a strike unmanned air vehicle (UAV), Izvestia daily said Monday quoting a source. Tranzas company will build the UAV's on-board electronics as well as its navigation and control systems. The airframe, which will weigh about five tonnes, will be produced by the Kazan-based Sokol design bureau, reported RIA Novosti. The new aircraft will have a modular structure, the source said, and will be able to carry various types of equipment and armament. Russia's defense ministry sealed contracts worth an estimated 3 billion rubles ($101.9 million) with Tranzas and Sokol in October 2011 for research work into creation of strike and reconnaissance UAVs. In late March, Russian Air Force commander-in-chief Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin, told Moscovsky Komsomolets tabloid that strike drones will enter service before 2020. He did not specify how many drones will be acquired.