Russia Unveiled its Combat Drone Okhotnik b || The Hunter Drone Maiden flight with SU 57 Fighter Jet

Russia Unveiled its Combat Drone Okhotnik b || The Hunter Drone Maiden flight with SU 57 Fighter Jet


Russia’s new heavy drone Okhotnik (‘Hunter’)
flying alongside a fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet. The first test flight of the kind, it showcased
the formidable team formed by the two futuristic aircraft. Spectacular moments from the 30-minute test
mission were captured in a video released by the Defense Ministry. It showed the aircraft taking off and traversing
the skies just meters away from each other. The collaboration was not just for show – being
paired with the drone actually allows the Su-57 to expand its radar coverage and attack
its targets without entering the enemy’s air-defense area. Okhotnik has a flying-wing body type, which
makes it looks like something from a sci-fi movie. The russian military said that the “special
material and coating” used in its design allows it to almost completely avoid detection
by modern radar systems. Media reports claim that the machine has a
takeoff weight of over 20 tons and can operate at supersonic speeds. Besides performing surveillance missions,
the drone is also said to be capable of carrying weapons in its internal bays. The test flight implies that the Russian air
force intends to operate the Okhotnik and the Su-57 in mixed formations. “This seems to be the global trend. At the same time, Ohotnik may be a long-range
air-defense penetrator, in which case it would need to fly ‘solo’ in an automated mode,
in order not to utilize Russian manned assets, There’s no reason Okhotnik could not perform
both roles. The XQ-58 that the U.S. Air Force is developing
for the Americans’ own wingman-drone program can be controlled by a pilot in a nearby manned
aircraft or by an operator at a facility on the ground. Whatever the Okhotnik’s exact role, actual
missions “are years away, Before the Russian air force can deploy Okhotnik in meaningful
numbers, it must undertake “serious work” on the drone’s command-and-control systems
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