S-70 Okhotnik drone – Sukhoi

For the first time, the UAC showed the S-70 Okhotnik drone equipped with a flat jet nozzle.  The UAV was created by the Sukhoi company.  The rollout of the new model took place at the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant.  V.P. Chkalov.

At the Valery Chkalov Novosibirsk Aircraft Building Plant, the first prototype of the newest heavy attack unmanned aerial vehicle Sukhoi S-70 “Okhotnik” with a jet flat nozzle to further reduce thermal and radar signature was rolled out.

Thanks to the main feature of the new “Okhotnik” – a flat engine nozzle – it was possible to reduce the radar signature of the vehicle.  In addition, a new ground control center is being created for the drone, designed to meet the requirements of the military.  These solutions will greatly enhance the capabilities of the machine.

“Our unmanned complex is the most competitive, it has outstanding characteristics that are not available in other countries.  This is a flying computer with a completely different level of use of artificial intelligence compared to a manned vehicle. “

The S-70 “Okhotnik” received its own corps, which provides it with “reduced radar signature.”
Let me remind you that this drone was created for operations in the maritime theater of operations.
It must perform a number of tasks:
– Providing target designation for surface and submarine-based high-precision weapon systems, with the issuance of coordinates of ship strike groups (KUG), aircraft carrier strike groups and formations (AUG and AUS) of a potential enemy at long ranges (The Hunter’s flight range is 6000 km)
– Reconnaissance of marine theaters.
– Search, reconnaissance and destruction of individual naval targets (“Hunter” can take on board up to 8 tons of weapons)
According to the last point, the “Hunter” can take the “Dagger” GARK as a weapon and capture (destroy) a ship, such as a destroyer, of a potential enemy.

The UAV was created by the Sukhoi company as part of the development work under the Hunter program.  The rollout of the new model took place at the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant.  V.P.  Chkalov.

The event was attended by Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation Alexei Krivoruchko.  He noted that the “Okhotnik” is a highly intelligent system and is capable of solving a wide range of tasks individually, in a group and together with manned aircraft.

“The UAV concentrates the advanced achievements of enterprises and organizations of the domestic defense industrial complex, which made it possible to provide functional capabilities that are not inferior, and in a number of parameters surpassing a few (single) foreign analogues,” said Alexey Krivoruchko.

Technologies tested on prototypes will be used to create other promising aircraft systems – both manned and unmanned.

“The main feature of the new Okhotnik is the flat engine nozzle.  Due to this, the radar signature of the vehicle is reduced.  In addition, a new ground control center is being created for the drone, designed to meet the requirements of the military.  These solutions will significantly increase the capabilities of the machine, ”commented Sergei Chemezov, General Director of Rostec State Corporation.

Work under the “Okhotnik” program has been carried out at the Sukhoi Design Bureau since 2011.  An experimental prototype with a traditional jet nozzle made its first flight in the framework of the program in August 2019.  It lasted 20 minutes.  In the same year, his first joint flight with the fifth generation Su-57 fighter took place.

“The S-70 is a promising aviation platform with great potential for the development of a family of unmanned systems of the future on its basis.  Work under the Hunter program is one of the key areas for Sukhoi and UAC.  The development of the unmanned direction fully meets the challenges of the time and the needs of the customer.  Today we are making every effort to complete the tests as soon as possible and enter serial production, ”commented General Director of the United Aircraft Corporation Yuri Slyusar.

The delegation of the Ministry of Defense also got acquainted with the state of production of the next copy of the machine, examined the assembly production of the Su-34 aircraft and held a number of meetings on key issues of the implementation of current programs.