Moscow – Russian heavy assault drone S-70 Ohotnik can hit targets under the command of a Su-57 fighter, said pilot Evgenije Frolov, who tested it from the ground.
Foto: Profimedia/Video screen grab/Russian Defence Ministry/TASS
The drone is made in accordance with the concept of “faithful follower”. It works together with the Su-57 and uses the entire arsenal of fifth-generation fighter weapons. The final decision on the use of the Hunter’s weapon is made by the pilot of the plane.
According to Frolov, the pilot does not have to be told anything in order to give instructions to the drone. The Su-57 determines which target will be assigned to it by the Attack Hunter.
“He is attacking with the information he received from the hunter,” Frolov told Russia 1 television.
The Hunter on Earth operator also has command buttons, identical to those in the hunter, a keyboard and several multifunction screens that display various information from drone systems and cameras.
“In the future, this device will be automated, there will be no such control centers, and most likely, there will be no manual control,” Frolov said.
The hunter took off for the first time on August 3, 2019. Earlier, a source in the Russian military industry told Sputnik that Ohotnik had already performed a series of flights with functional simulators of guided air-to-air missiles in order to evaluate the equipment of the device and the missile guidance head. During the flight test, the drone bombed ground targets at the Ashuluk test site, reports Sputnik.
The Novosibirsk factory Chkalova is currently working on three more prototypes of the Ohotnik drone.
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