S-70 Okhotnik Delivery to Begin in 2024

After calls from the Russian Ministry of Defense to accelerate work on the S-70 Okhotnik (Hunter) heavy combat drone program, delivery of the vehicle will start in 2024. This was announced by the General Director of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation, Yury Slyusar.

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At a meeting with the Russian president Vladimir Putin, the General Director of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation said that the Ministry of Defence instructed the Corporation to speed up the design and test works, to move it “to the left” as much as possible so that deliveries begin as early as 2024.

"The [S-70 Okhotnik (Hunter)] attack heavy drone [comes] with unprecedented capabilities, having the largest combat flight range, the widest range of weapons, and the broadest range of equipment. Planes of this class are only designed and manufactured by two countries, the USA and China," said Slyusar.

It has been one year since the Ministry of Defence officially announced the S-70’s maiden flight, stating that the UCAV had flown for more than 20 minutes, cruising at an altitude of around 1,970 feet. The location of the Aug. 3, 2019, flight test was not announced, but it’s thought to have taken place at the 929th Chkalov State Flight-Test Center in Russia’s southwestern Astrakhan region.

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.

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