For the first time, the Russian military conducted a series of flights of the S-70 Okhotnik-B heavy attack UAV in its mode of operation as a fighter-interceptor with simulated air-to-air missiles at the Ashuluk training ground, an unnamed source in the military-industrial complex told RIA Novosti.
Prior to this, the S-70 Okhotnik-B heavy attack drone had already performed a number of flights, but during them only its flight qualities and the operation of the main on-board systems were assessed.
“From the strip of the military airfield of the Center for Combat Training and Combat Use of the Russian Aerospace Forces at the Ashuluk training ground, several flights of the Hunter were performed with functional simulators of guided air-to-air missiles. Such missiles in the combat version are designed to destroy other aircraft,” the source told RIA, noting that the tests were recent.
The source explained that the flights performed “will make it possible to assess the coupling of the drone’s avionics with missile guidance systems and the lead Su-57 aircraft.”
According to RIA’s source, simulators of missiles with infrared and radar homing heads were used on the S-70 Okhotnik-B heavy attack drone.
“The simulators have the body and all the electronic stuffing of the corresponding missile, but they lack the engine and warhead,” the source said.
The S-70 Okhotnik-B, developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau, is to become the first heavy drone with strike functions in the Russian Aerospace Forces. The device is made according to the “flying wing” scheme with the use of materials that reduce the radar signature.
According to open sources, the strike UAV has a length of 19 meters, a wingspan of 14 meters, its take-off weight is 20 tons, and its maximum speed is about 1000 kilometers per hour. The first flight of the Hunter took place on August 3 and lasted more than 20 minutes.
There is newly-released footage, but below is the only one released so far showing a flight of the heavy attack drone.
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