Russian S-70 Okhotnik attack drone completes precision strike test: report
The Russian S-70 Okhotnik (‘Hunter’) attack drone developed by Sukhoi successfully conducted a first precision strike test.
During the test campaign, the drone employed a variety of air-to-surface missiles used by the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter to strike small-sized camouflaged targets at different times of the day in any weather conditions, an industry source told Russian agency RIA Novosti. Tests were reportedly deemed successful.
Weapon testing of the S-70 began in December 2020. Since then, the drone has demonstrated its capacity to use air-to-air missiles and unguided bombs. This last test was particularly important as the S-70 is expected to eventually operate in collaboration with the Su-57 to extend the latter’s radar field and strike capabilities.
The S-70 Okhotnik drone is powered by an AL-31 turbojet engine and is expected to fly at a speed of 1,000 kilometers per hour, with a range of 6,000 km. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, it is equipped with electro-optical targeting, radio, and “other types of reconnaissance equipment”. Its two internal bays can carry up to 2.8 tons of weapons.
Serial production and delivery of the S-70 Okhotnik is due to begin in 2023.
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