Shoigu reviews the progress of Okhotnik heavy drone construction

The Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergey Shoigu reviews the progress of the development of the new heavy unmanned aerial vehicle 'Okhotnik' during his service visit to the Novosibirsk Aircraft Factory. This was reported by the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Russian Ministry of Defence.

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The clarifications to the Minister of Defence have been provided by the chief of the United Aircraft Corporation Yuri Slyusar.

The Novosibirsk Aircraft Factory implements the scheduled work for the production of experimental samples of the unmanned aerial vehicle S-70 within the framework of the program called 'Okhotnik'. On the 3rd of August 2019 the experimental sample of the S-70 conducted its first flight that lasted 20 minutes. In the same year there was the first joint flight with the Su-57 fighter of the 5th generation.

The Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik-B  is a Russian stealth heavy unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) being developed by Sukhoi and Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG 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.

Serial purchases of the Okhotnik unmanned aircraft will be the next state defence procurement programme for 2024-2033, the Ministry of Defence is working on it currently.