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.
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.