The primary flight prototype of Russia’s state-of-the-art S-70 ‘Okhotnik’ (‘Hunter’) heavy strike drone was rolled out on the Novosibirsk Aviation Enterprise and preparations are underway for the drone’s debut flight. The drone’s roll-out signifies the tip of the merchandise’s meeting as a complete and its outfitting with all of the required onboard tools in compliance with the necessities for plane and the switchover to complete floor assessments to arrange for its debut flight. The Russian deputy protection minister who’s on a working journey to Novosibirsk inspected the tempo of the achievement of the protection procurement plan on the Novosibirsk Aviation Enterprise and held a gathering with the enterprise’s administration the place he mentioned the implementation of presidency contracts. The protection official oversaw the roll-out of the primary Okhotnik drone flight prototype and inspected the method of the meeting of the drone’s second prototype.

The Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik-B (Hunter), additionally known as Hunter-B, is a Russian stealth heavy unmanned fight aerial car (UCAV) being developed by Sukhoi and Russian Plane Company MiG (PJSC United Plane Company) as a sixth-generation plane challenge. The drone is predicated on the sooner Mikoyan Skat, designed by MiG, and encompassing some applied sciences of the fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet. The Okhotnik has been underneath growth since a minimum of 2011, when Sukhoi was chosen by the Russian Defence Ministry to guide a programme for a brand new heavy unmanned reconnaissance and assault drone. The brand new UCAV is being collectively developed by MiG and Sukhoi, based mostly on information of the sooner Mikoyan Skat UCAV programme. The work is carried out by the Novosibirsk Plane Manufacturing Affiliation (NAPO), a part of the Sukhoi firm. Within the paperwork, the drone is characterised as a “sixth-generation unmanned aerial car”.


United Plane Company Rolls Out First Flight Prototype of Okhotnik Heavy Strike Drone (Picture by UAC)

The Okhotnik’s design is predicated on the flying-wing scheme and incorporates use of composite supplies and stealth coatings, making the drone low-observable in flight. It has a weight of about 20 tons and a wingspan round 65 ft (20 m). The drone is powered both by a single AL-31F turbofan, as used on the Sukhoi Su-27 fighter plane, or by the improved AL-41F spinoff put in on Su-35S fighters and Su-57 prototypes. Though the primary prototype’s exhaust nozzle was typical and will improve the drone’s radar signature, future improve may see improved exhaust in addition to engine inlet as proven by a mock up on the 2019 MAKS Worldwide Aviation and House Salon.[23] The utmost pace of the drone is reportedly 1,000 km/h whereas carrying its payload internally. It’s doubtless the Okhotnik was designed to behave as a “loyal wingman” managed by the Su-57. The plane bears some visible resemblance to RQ-170.

The Motor Design Bureau of the Ufa Motor-Constructing Manufacturing Affiliation (a part of the United Engine Company), which is engaged in creating an engine for the brand new drone earlier reported that the Okhotnik second model could be outfitted with a thruster with a brand new flat nozzle. As the corporate’s engineers defined, the flat nozzle produced by a 3D printer would scale back the drone’s signature for enemy heat-seeking missiles. A pilot of the Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet would concurrently coordinate the operations of 4 newest Okhotnik heavy strike drones. Furthermore, a bunch of drones will most definitely be managed from a brand new Su-57 particular two-seat model, it specified. Throughout its first joint flight with a Su-57 fighter, the Okhotnik drone operated in automated mode in its full configuration, getting into its aerial fight alert space. Through the joint flight, the Su-57 and the Okhotnik examined increasing the fighter’s radar subject and issuing goal acquisition information for using air-launched weapons, it specified.

United Aircraft Corporation Rolls Out First Flight Prototype of Okhotnik Heavy Strike Drone
United Plane Company Rolls Out First Flight Prototype of Okhotnik Heavy Strike Drone (Picture by UAC)