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    S-70 "Okhotnik" UCAV

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    Post  d_taddei2 on Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:17 am

    I personally don't think this was carried out using such drone. I think it's still some time away yet for Russia to be testing it in this manner.

    https://bulgarianmilitary.com/amp/2020/08/03/russian-attacking-drone-s-70-okhotnik-struck-at-militants-positions-in-syria-sources/
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:29 am

    Well hitting oil supplies from Syria to Turkey would be an important goal for Russia... if Turkey wasn't getting cheap oil out of this deal they would be less inclined to help the terrorists...

    And certainly it is the sort of job that a stealth drone would be ideal for and having real life tests is a more comprehensive "exam" than anything they could do in a lab test...

    It would also be a useful opportunity to test various new glide bombs like Grom for instance, or even tiny bombs like an KAB-5 or KAB-10... if they are hitting fuel trucks and fuel storage areas then a ZAB-20 or ZAB-10 incendiary bomb might be more effective at getting fires to burn...
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    Post  PhSt on Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:30 am


    The Ministry of Defense decided to make a heavy drone "Okhotnik" a long-range interceptor

    MOSCOW, August 27. / TASS /. The RF Ministry of Defense proposed to use the Okhotnik heavy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for long-range interception of air targets. This was reported to TASS by a source in the aircraft industry on the sidelines of the Army-2020 exhibition.

    "According to the concept of use proposed by the department, the Okhotnik with long-range weapons will be deployed to the lines of several thousand kilometers to intercept enemy aircraft, that is, it will attack air targets even before they approach the air defense zone," the agency's source said.

    The source noted that the Okhotnik's flight will be coordinated simultaneously from ground control posts, from manned Su-57 fighters and via satellites.

    At the same time, the source added, thanks to artificial intelligence, the "Hunter" will be able to independently perform combat missions. "It is assumed that this UAV will also have a fully autonomous operation mode and will be able to independently search for certain types of targets, report on them and attack," the source said.

    About "Hunter"
    Developed at the Sukhoi design bureau, the Okhotnik drone is made according to the "flying wing" scheme using stealth technology, which reduces its radar signature. According to open sources, the takeoff weight of the vehicle is up to 20 tons, the maximum flight speed is about 1,000 km / h.

    The Hunter first took to the air on August 3, 2019, the flight lasted more than 20 minutes under the control of the operator. On September 27 last year, the UAV flew together with the Su-57 fighter. The drone maneuvered in the air in automatic mode at an altitude of about 1,600 m, the flight duration was more than 30 minutes.

    General Director of the United Aircraft Corporation Yuri Slyusar said at the Army-2020 forum on August 25 that a large order is expected for the Hunters, the serial deliveries of which are planned to begin in 2024.

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    Post  LMFS on Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:30 pm

    News about the Okhotnik: three more prototypes will be produced in the next two years, acceleration of the program and sourcing contracts ongoing

    https://iz.ru/1070737/anton-lavrov-aleksei-ramm/nashlis-okhotniki-voennye-poluchat-tiazhelye-bespilotnye-istrebiteli
    https://www.militarynews.ru/story.asp%3Frid%3D0%26nid%3D539380%26lang%3DRU

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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:59 pm

    The first prototype demonstrator of the #Russian heavy reconnaissance and strike unmanned aerial vehicle S-70 on the Hunter theme at the 929th V.P. Chkalov State Flight Test Center of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in Akhtubinsk.
    #Russia
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    https://twitter.com/5thSu/status/1330935081830150154

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    Post  Tai Hai Chen Yesterday at 12:48 am

    Wars in Syria, Libya, Azerbaijan have clearly shown there is no future for manned combat aircraft. Gone are the days of world wars. All future wars will be fought by proxy in small scale. Drone will rule the skies in future wars. Fortunately Russian MOD taking drones seriously and focus entirely on drones for future wars.
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    Post  Isos Yesterday at 10:53 am

    Tai Hai Chen wrote:Wars in Syria, Libya, Azerbaijan have clearly shown there is no future for manned combat aircraft. Gone are the days of world wars. All future wars will be fought by proxy in small scale. Drone will rule the skies in future wars. Fortunately Russian MOD taking drones seriously and focus entirely on drones for future wars.

    I agree. Su-57 would be easy pray for TB2 and manpads...

    If it faces orlan-10 type of drones, the pilot should eject and surrender as soon as he is in the air.

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    Post  GarryB Yesterday at 12:55 pm

    Yeah, Surface to Air missiles were supposed to make aircraft obsolete... just like anti ship missiles and anti tank weapons made ships and tank obsolete too...

    Quite a wee way to go before drones mature to a point where they actually replace a range of manned aircraft types... at the moment most are sitting ducks whose existence and performance so far is mostly based around its new and wow factor.

    Against a solid IADS it just comes down to having more ammo than the enemy has drones and in that regard the Russians are working on super cheap simple weapons of a range of types to detect and bring down small cheap drones.

    As we saw in Saudi Arabia... if you don't detect them they are very effective...

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    Post  KoTeMoRe Yesterday at 2:20 pm

    Tai Hai Chen wrote:Wars in Syria, Libya, Azerbaijan have clearly shown there is no future for manned combat aircraft. Gone are the days of world wars. All future wars will be fought by proxy in small scale. Drone will rule the skies in future wars. Fortunately Russian MOD taking drones seriously and focus entirely on drones for future wars.

    The war in Karabakh would have been over the first week if someone had flown its Migs to shoot down the TB-2 fleet.
    Drones are the future for a boatload of reasons, just NOT the ones you mention.
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    Post  Isos Yesterday at 2:49 pm

    KoTeMoRe wrote:
    Tai Hai Chen wrote:Wars in Syria, Libya, Azerbaijan have clearly shown there is no future for manned combat aircraft. Gone are the days of world wars. All future wars will be fought by proxy in small scale. Drone will rule the skies in future wars. Fortunately Russian MOD taking drones seriously and focus entirely on drones for future wars.

    The war in Karabakh would have been over the first week if someone had flown its Migs to shoot down the TB-2 fleet.
    Drones are the future for a boatload of reasons, just NOT the ones you mention.

    Actually azeri have S-300PMU2 and belorussian modernized Osa systems. Old mig-29 would have fallen from the skies pretty fast.

    If it was russian mig-29SMT and russian support then yes but if it was for exemple syrian mig-29 they would be easy targets.

    Armenia has no air force.

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