It's taken Russia (with its resources) and Sukhoi 10 years of development (and allegedly access to the RQ-170 that Iran brought down) to get to the stage where they're building the 2,3, and 4th Okhotnik prototype.
But Russia is a third world gas station that doesn't produce anything.... surely a better comparison would be the mighty EU and HATO they want to join... of all of HATO only the US makes such products... several dominant EU countries had UAV and UCAV programmes that often looked like this one... a carbon copy of a US or Israeli platform, and it still went tits up.
Love the innuendo suggesting that Russia needs to get its hands on stuff before it can make equivalents... the old suggestion that the MiG-31 was a copy developed from the F-14 the Iranians gave them after they found out how good the MiG-31 actually was... a PESA radar is vastly more sophisticated than a conventionally scanned radar because it is faster and with no moving parts vastly more reliable...
Now a suggestion that they needed parts from Iran to make UCAVs Iran might have passed on bits and pieces but it would not have been for free or out of the goodness of their hearts and would certainly only be after they had a good look first.
The serbs probably would have let the Russians have a look at the F-117, but again that technology would not be amazing to them either... stealth is more about design shape and the Russians already fully understand that anyway.
Let's assume Ukraine had Russias resources and a designer the equivalent of Sukhoi (they have neither! ), expect ten years before they have anything of worth in the sky. Then add *Years* more of testing and prototypes before mass production.
What we are looking at are prototypes and any marketing department can pump these out... they are cheap and simple... all through the 1990s and early 00s Russian arms companies took all their prototypes to fairs and airshows to display what they could make if they had solid contracts (so they could get loans from banks) and money from their customers.
The Ukrainians could start making these products now without orders or funding but even hand making individual products you can use as a demo is very expensive and the first problem you come upon that requires a few billion in research to fix or expensive time in a wind tunnel or other issue and the whole programme crashes to a sudden halt.
We have seen models and examples of the Mi-28 and Ka-52 for about 30 years but only now with their new iterations are the solid combat experienced products worth buying in numbers... before the orders there was no progress or development, which probably saved a lot of money because anything they could have made back then would need a total upgrade now anyway.
This is not a prototype but a stupid paper mache prop such as those used for movies. There is zero engineering behind it. It is
intended to feed the Ukr population a steady stream of feel good propaganda to pacify their daily misery, which is also increasing
by the day. So you have endless reports in the Banderite lie factory media how Russia is really much poorer than Ukraine and how
Russia's economy is swirling the toilet bowl. Well, that's just relativism. It is the Ukr economy that is swirling the toilet bowl so
if they declare that they are doing fine in their reference frame, then the swirling looks like it is happening elsewhere.
It is projection... the padawan has learned well from the master... now I need an image of Creepy Joe as the Emperor and Zelensky as his apprentice.
It's taken Russia (with its resources) and Sukhoi 10 years of development (and allegedly access to the RQ-170 that Iran brought down) to get to the stage where they're building the 2,3, and 4th Okhotnik prototype. Let's assume Ukraine had Russias resources and a designer the equivalent of Sukhoi (they have neither! ), expect ten years before they have anything of worth in the sky. Then add *Years* more of testing and prototypes before mass production.
Underestimating Russia skills and resources and assuming the only way anyone can have a stealth drone is to copy a US one is amusing and just shows how powerful western propaganda actually is.
Russia is used to coming out with aggressive murder tools second, being the victim of the aggression, but lets not ignore their capacity to not just replicate but to improve upon.... Su-27 over the F-15, Su-57 over the F-22 and F-35...
Sometimes they were well behind so copy R-3 and seriously upgraded R-3S before lightweight self defence R-60 and then full on R-73 replacement.