How powerful is the Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik drone, the world’s one of the first loyal wingman, heavy and stealth drones, and Russia’s most durable UCAV?
According to Russian Satellite News Agency Moscow, the Russian S-70B “Hunter” heavy stealth attack drone recently launched an air-to-ground missile fitted with the Su-57 stealth fighter at ground targets during a test flight, according to persons acquainted with the Russian army.
“During flying tests, the S-70B prototype was subjected to missile tests. The ‘Hunter’ also used several Su-57’s air-to-surface missiles, firing live fire at ground targets.”
Generally speaking, the military UAVs currently being developed by the world’s great powers are mainly for reconnaissance, ground attack, intelligence gathering, and other tasks. Few aircraft types can perform air-to-air combat missions. However, Russia, which is “come from behind” in this field, has sacrificed a “big killer,” a heavy stealth reconnaissance/fighter (attack aircraft) S-70 Okhotnik, also known as the “Hunter-B” UAV combat airplane. This S-70 “Hunter” can be said to be one of the most potent UAVs currently launched by Russia.
The aircraft was designed and developed by the famous Sukhoi Aircraft Company and produced by the Novosibirsk Aircraft Factory. The project started in 2011 and was officially approved by the Russian Ministry of Defense in April 2012. The first flight was successful in August 2019. The expected service time for around 2024.