The Russian Okhotnik drone can operate under the control of an Su-57 fighter jet pilot

Russian Okhotnik drone
Russian Okhotnik drone

Militarymedia.net - Deliveries of the newest Okhotnik heavy attack drones to Russian forces as early as 2024, Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Russian Military Industry Commission Andrey Yelchaninov said.

The Okhotnik can operate under the control of a pilot of a fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet.

"These planes and drones can not only interact with each other, but also in different types of combat formations," said Yelchaninov.

"In a very short period of time, it will be possible to control several Okhotnik drones from the cockpit of the Su-57," he added.

Deputy Commander of the Russian Air Force Lieutenant General Sergei Dronov said last year, during the development of drones, the country of the Red Bear also integrated it into a single system with manned aircraft.

The Russian Okhotnik heavy attack drone developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau made its maiden flight on August 3, 2019. The flight lasted more than 20 minutes under the operator's control.

On 27 September 2019, Okhotnik conducted a joint flight with the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet. The drone maneuvers through the air in automatic mode at an altitude of about 1,600 meters and its flight lasts 30 minutes.

The Okhotnik features stealth technology and a flying wing design and has a takeoff weight of 20 tonnes. This drone has a jet engine and is capable of developing a speed of up to 1,000 km per hour.

According to Russian Defense Ministry data, the Okhotnik has an anti-radar coating and is equipped with equipment for electro-optics, radar and other types of reconnaissance.

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