Russian Arm System

What is a Russian Arm ?

  • The Russian Arm System is the unique combination of the gyro-stabilized Flight Head on the end of a gyro-stabilized remote controlled crane arm.
  • It is safely operated via joystick consoles from within the ML55 Chase Car.
  • It is a high speed mobile crane arm used for photographing moving vehicles from just about any & every angle you want in all weather conditions. Shots are setup on the fly & adjusted instantly. Sequences can be as dynamic as your imagination.



  • With the Russian Arm on the ML55 chase car you can shoot another moving vehicle from just about any & every angle.
  • Shooting can occur in any weather because technicians are shielded from the elements inside the ML55 chase car.
  • Shots are setup on the fly and can be adjusted instantly.
  • Sequences can be as dynamic as your imagination lets them.
    System Features & Specifications
  • Russian Arm Standard Reach
  • Pan & Tilt axis are gyro-stabilized.
  • 360° panning capability around the ML55 or picture vehicle.
  • Minimum safe operating camera height off the road surface is 12”.
  • Reach from the centre post is 14’.
  • Fulcrum sits 8’ off the ground.
  • Maximum lens height is 14’, armed 90° to either side of the Chase Car’s chassis.
  • With an 18 mm lens a full frame top shot can be achieved.
  • Stabilization tail fin allows the Russian Arm to pan side to side, back and forth at high speeds.
  • Operating Tilt angle ±45°.
  • Speed 6 sec / 360°.
  • Max camera payload capacity 25 kg.
  • Weight 300 kg (RA, FH, Camera, Counter Weights).
  • Set-up Time on ML55 Chase Car: 1.15 hours (including camera).
  • Set-up Time on a Picture Vehicle: 2.5 hours (not including vehicle’s prep).
  • The RA is fully controlled from within a car and is capable of operating at speeds up to 180 km/hr.
  • Russian Arm 19 Extension
  • The RA with a 19′ extended reach now achieves a 19′-6″ lens height armed off to the side of the ML55 Chase Car.
  • Brooklyn Bridge Certified. Our Toronto bases RA System has been specially rengineered to meet the standards & regulations of the Brooklyn Bridge Engineers (NYC) for weight and height (9′) to enable filming with a camera car system on the bridge.


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