Russia Releases Video of Okhotnik Drone’s First Flight

Okhotnik UCAV.  Source: Russian Ministry of Defense

The Russian Defense Ministry has published footage of the Okhotnik unmanned combat aerial vehicle’s first test flight, which took place on August 3. The flight lasted around 20 minutes, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It added in a statement, “The aerial vehicle flown by the operator made several circles around the airfield at an altitude of 600 meters and then successfully landed.”

Okhotnik, currently under development, is designed with stealth features. It is intended to work in tandem with the Sukhoi Su-57, a fifth-generation fighter jet that is now entering serial production. Okhotnik has a takeoff weight of around 20 tons, Russian media reported.

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