Russia's newest stealth drone has made its first test flight alongside a fighter jet while Putin continues to strengthen his army.
The Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik – which translates into Hunter – was filmed by maneuvering alongside a stealth hunter Su-57 in footage released Friday.
The Ministry of Defense claimed that the stealth drone was used in automated mode, meaning that it was only controlled by its own guidance system.
The new gadget is similar to an American Air Force drone manufactured by Lockheed Martin and introduced in 2007.
Russia's new Sukhoi Su-70 Okhotnik drone conducted its first test flight alongside the country's newest stealth hunter in footage released Friday
The Kremlin said the aircraft maneuvered over an airport for half an hour, during which time their on-board systems communicated to offer the jet additional options
The Russian Ministry of Defense also claimed that the drone was flying in fully automatic mode, meaning that it was only controlled by its own guidance systems rather than from the ground
The new drone is similar to a US Air Force drone manufactured by Lockheed Martin and introduced in 2007
& # 39; As part of the ongoing test program, the Okhotnik drone performed a flight in automated mode in its full configuration, entering the warning zone in the air, & # 39; said the ministry.
During the flight, the Su-57 fighter's drone and computer systems interacted to broaden the fighter's radar coverage and provide target acquisition for deploying air-launched weapons, the ministry claimed.
The announcement seems to confirm that the drone is designed to fight with the Su-57 and improve its capabilities on the battlefield.
The 30-minute flight took place at a test airport of the state-run news agency TASS without saying which airport was used.
Similarly, the new gadget is similar to a US Air Force drone manufactured by Lockheed Martin and already introduced in 2007
The drone was first spotted in January but was not officially revealed until June, with the first solo test flight taking place in August
Okhotnik – which translates into Hunter in English – will remain in test until 2024, before entering active service the following year
Until Friday it was not clear what the combat role of the drone would be, but it now seems to be a compliment to Russia's newest fighter jet
The Su-57 (left) is Russia's most advanced fighter plane and designed to compete with the American-designed F-35 Lightning II
Both the hunter and the drone are the product of a major overhaul of the Russian army, which has seen it introduce new tanks, equipment for its foot soldiers, and nuclear missiles.
Russia says that once the drone is operational, it will use advanced air-launched weapons, on-board reconnaissance systems and & # 39; other equipment & # 39; will transport.
It is currently in the test phase of development and will be operational in 2025.
The drone was first seen in January, but was only officially unveiled until June and only took its first solo test flight in August.
The SU-57 is Russia's newest stealth fighter jet designed to compete with the American F-35 Lightning II.
It is able to cruise with Mach 1 speeds, communicate in real time with other battlefield technology and carry some of the latest Russian weapons.
Although the possibilities of the drone are largely unknown, it is thought that the Su-57 can sail on Mach 1 and carry the latest rocket technology from Russia
The Su-57 is supposed to be able to carry the latest Kinzhal hypersonic rocket from Russia, which is 25ft long, can travel on Mach 10 and has a range of 1,200 miles
Although the drone offers fighters extra options, such as improved radar, it is also designed to carry its own weapons
Observers believe that the Su-57 is equipped to Kinzhal & # 39; dagger & # 39; wear hypersonic rockets, each 25ft long, can travel above Mach 10 and reach 1,200 miles.
The Su-57 has already gone into production and the first jet is likely to be put into use before the end of the year.
Russia is in the midst of a complete overhaul of its army, seeing new tanks, equipment for its foot soldiers, and nuclear missiles.
It comes as a reaction to the increasing tensions between world powers, including in Europe, where the US has torn apart an important Cold War nuclear weapons treaty, prompting Moscow to do the same.
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