Russia unveils its new & # 39; Hunter & # 39; stealth combat drone capable of flying from Moscow to London and back … that looks suspiciously like an American Lockheed vessel unveiled 12 years ago
- A propaganda video of the Kremlin shows the drone made by Sukhoi during his first flight
- Moscow claims it is & # 39; almost undetectable & # 39; and has a range of more than 3000 miles
- It looks like a Lockheed Martin-designed American drone that was introduced in 2007
Russian defense chiefs have revealed a new stealth combat drone that they believe can fly from Moscow to London and back in one mission.
A propaganda video of the Kremlin shows the Okhotnik made by Sukhoi, which means Hunter, on his first 20-minute flight.
A special coating makes the unmanned flying vehicle & # 39; almost undetectable & # 39 ;, claims the Russian army.
The new gadget is similar to an American air force drone manufactured by Lockheed Martin, which was already introduced in 2007.
However, it is considered a breakthrough in Russia compared to the unmanned aircraft that Moscow has previously developed.
Unveiling: the Moscow Ministry of Defense has unveiled this new stealth combat drone that they believe is capable of flying from Moscow to London and back in a single mission
Similarly, the new gadget is similar to a US Air Force drone manufactured by Lockheed Martin and already introduced in 2007
On its first flight, the Okhotnik flew at a little less than 2000 feet, controlled from the ground at an airport near Moscow.
It has the capacity to fire unspecified missiles up to a distance of 1,250 miles, but it will also be deployed for aerial reconnaissance missions, it is claimed.
The drone is equipped with electro-optical espionage, radar and other types of reconnaissance.
Once it is in full service with the Russian Air Force, pilots can control it in the air from a Su-57 fighter plane, Moscow says.
But it will also be operated from the ground and by its own & # 39; brain & # 39; to use, the designers have brag.
First flight: a propaganda video from the Kremlin shows the Okhotnik made by Sukhoi, which means Hunter, on his first 20-minute flight
Stealth gadget: a special coating makes the unmanned flying vehicle & # 39; almost undetectable & # 39 ;, claimed the Russian army
First test: on its first flight, the Okhotnik flew at a little less than 2000 feet, controlled from the ground at an airport near Moscow (photo)
& # 39; The possibility is also provided for the fully autonomous flight of the drone without operator participation when it takes off, executes its program and only lands under the control of its own guidance system, & # 39; said a Sukhoi source.
The wedge-shaped drone has been secretly developed for at least eight years.
Despite a starting weight of 20 tons, it is reported as & # 39; practically invisible to radars & # 39; and it has a range of up to 3,100 miles with a speed of 625 mph.
The range is far enough to take it from Russia to Great Britain and Western Europe and back on a one-way trip.
New development: the drone (photo) is considered a breakthrough in Russia compared to the unmanned aircraft that Moscow has previously developed
Operation: Once the drone is fully in service with the Russian Air Force, pilots can control it in the air from a Su-57 fighter plane, Moscow says
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko said in May that the & # 39; Okhotnik & # 39; was a priority for the Russian army.
The manufacturer of the drone, Sukhoi, has been building military aircraft since the Soviet era.
The new gadget displays a visual similarity with the Lockheed Martin U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel, in use since 2007.
The Sentinel was used to spy on the secret compound of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan before the al-Qaeda leader was shot dead by US troops in 2011.
Iran later that year announced it had captured one of the drones and more recently claimed to have built a replica.
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