Video released by the Russian Ministry of Defense shows the first flight of what could optically be the Russian unmanned version of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. The Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik “Hunter” Stealth Drone.
The Sukhoi Okhotnik or Sukhoi S-70 “Okhotnik” (Russian: Сухой С-70 “Охотник”, lit. ‘Hunter’), also referred to as Okhotnik-B is a Russian stealth heavy unmanned aerial vehicle (UCAV) being developed by Sukhoi as a sixth-generation aircraft project.
The drone is based on the earlier Mikoyan Skat, designed by MiG and encompassing some technologies of the fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet.
he Okhotnik has been under development since at least 2011, when Sukhoi was selected by the Russian Defence Ministry to lead a programme for a new heavy unmanned reconnaissance and attack drone.
The new UCAV is being jointly developed by MiG and Sukhoi, based on data of the earlier Mikoyan Skat UCAV programme.
The work is carried out by the Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association, part of the Sukhoi company. In the documents, the drone is characterised as a “sixth-generation unmanned aerial vehicle”.
The first mock-up intended for ground tests was created in 2014.
Prototype of the drone was first revealed in July 2017, showing the drone’s flying wing configuration.
On 3 August 2019, Okhotnik performed its maiden flight. The drone flew for about 20 minutes at an altitude of 600 meters, and made several circles around the airfield.
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