Rostec to start serial production of Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik heavy attack drones in 2023


Russia will launch serial production of the Okhotnik (Hunter) heavy strike drone in 2023, Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov said Wednesday, May 18, at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. The Okhotnik features a flat nozzle thruster that makes it less visible for radars.

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Rostec to start serial production of Sukhoi S 70 Okhotnik heavy attack drones in 2023 The S-70 Okhotnik drone developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau features stealth technology and the flying wing design diminishes its radar signature  (Picture source: Rostec)


The serial production of the Okhotnik (Hunter) heavy strike drone will begin in 2023, Head of the state tech corporation Rostec Sergey Chemezov said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. "The first flying prototype was rolled out in 2021 and we will begin serial-producing and delivering it to the Defense Ministry in 2023," Chemezov said.

As its specific feature, the Okhotnik features a flat nozzle thruster that makes it less visible for radars, the Rostec chief stressed. "Also, a new ground control post is being created for the drone," he said.

The S-70 Okhotnik drone developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau features stealth technology and the flying wing design diminishes its radar signature. According to the data from open sources, the drone has a take-off weight of 20 tonnes and can accelerate to roughly 1,000 km/h.

The Okhotnik heavy attack drone performed its debut flight on August 3, 2019. The flight lasted over 20 minutes under an operator’s control. On September 27, 2019, the Okhotnik performed a flight together with a Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet. The drone maneuvered in the air in automated mode at an altitude of around 1,600 meters and its flight lasted over 30 minutes.


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