Original Paper

UDC 662.66+65.011.56 A.O. Rada, A.D.Kuznetsov, R.E.Zverev, O.S. Salkova, 2022

ISSN 0041-5790 (Print) ISSN 2412-8333 (Online) Ugol Russian Coal Journal, 2022, S12, pp. 155-160





Rada A.O.1, Kuznetsov A.D.1, Zverev R.E. 1, Salkova O.S.1

1 Kemerovo State University, Kemerovo, 650000, Russian Federation

Authors Information

Rada A.O., PhD (Economic), Director of Institute of Digitalization, e-mail:

Kuznetsov A.D., Director of the Center for Computer Engineering of Institute of Digitalization, email:

Zverev R.E., Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Control Specialist of the Center for Computer Engineering of Institute of Digitalization, Postgraduate, email:

Salkova O.S., PhD (Economic), associate Professor of the Department of Economic Theory and Public Administration, e-mail:


The coal industry is one of the promising areas for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), but the corresponding market has so far been very little explored. The purpose of the work is to determine the state and prospects of the Russian UAV market for the coal industry based on marketing research. In the context of limited information about the UA market, a qualitative research strategy and expert assessments of the authors, as well as a SWOT analysis, were used. Separate quantitative data on the dynamics and structure of the market are systematized and summarized. The study showed that there is a competitive offer of Russian UAVs on the market that can be used in the coal industry. In 2016-2021 the market grew by 1.5 times, a large number of startups appeared. Their competitive struggle determines the degree of market concentration, which remains high. Several large companies sell BVS for 1 billion rubles a year or more. Imported equipment is gradually being replaced. SWOT-analysis has shown that UAS in the coal industry have great competitive advantages, but for their implementation it is necessary to develop the regulatory framework. The most promising market development strategy is the development of software and hardware systems for creating digital twins of coal mines. UAVs in such a scheme will be most in demand, and the competitiveness of coal enterprises will increase significantly.


Coal industry, Unmanned aerial vehicle, Digital control, SWOT analysis, Digital twin, Integrated scientific and technical programs of the full innovation cycle, Big data, Production cost, Monitoring of work.


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The work was performed under agreement No. 075-15-2022-1195 dated September 30, 2022, concluded between the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education Kemerovo State University.

For citation

Rada A.O., Kuznetsov A.D., Zverev R.E. & Salkova O.S.Research of the market of unmanned aerial vehicles for digital control in the Russian coal industry. Ugol, 2022, (S12), pp. 155-160. (In Russ.). DOI: 10.18796/0041-5790-2022-S12-155-160.

Paper info

Received November 1, 2022

Reviewed November 15, 2022

Accepted November 30, 2022