01/17/2021

Newest Russian heavy attack unmanned aerial vehicle “Okhotnik” prototype has already been tested

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UAV “Okhotnik” bombed a ground target

The prototype of the newest Russian heavy attack unmanned aerial vehicle “Okhotnik”, developed by the “Sukhoi” Company, during the tests hit a ground target with 500 kilogram aviation bombs from the inside of the fuselage compartment.

This was announced on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, citing information from its source in the military-industrial complex.

“The Russian heavy attack drone S-70 Okhotnik, as part of flight tests, bombed a ground target at the Ashuluk training ground,” the agency said in a statement.

From inside of the fuselage compartment, 500 kilogram unguided aerial bombs were dropped, which hit a ground target located at the range with high accuracy.

According to available information, the combat load of the heavy unmanned aerial vehicle “Okhotnik” ranges from 2.8 to 8 tons.

Earlier, we talked in detail about the tests of guided missile weapons on the prototype of the heavy unmanned aerial vehicle “Okhotnik”.

A new sighting and navigation system has been installed on the Okhotnik drone, which makes it possible to use unguided aerial bombs with high accuracy in hitting ground targets.

The “Hunter” is capable of autonomously striking stationary ground targets or limitedly mobile targets with known coordinates, which can be obtained from external target designation during flight.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has expressed interest in accelerating work on the creation of the serial Hunter. The first production vehicles are expected to be handed over to the Russian military in 2024.

The heavy attack unmanned aerial vehicle “Okhotnik” was developed by the design bureau of Pavel Sukhoi according to the “flying-wing” scheme, using technologies to reduce radar signature.

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