July 6, 2022

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Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik Combat Drone Which Become The Su-57 Felon Loyal Wingman in Future

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In this video we are not only talk about the Sukhoi Su-57’s appearance but also a drone that capable of carrying out the mission of supporting manned fighter, it’s called Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik (‘the Hunter’) drone.

First of all, let’s see the fighter Jet Su-57. One of the biggest challenges in the development of fifth-generation jets was finding ways to conceal them from modern air defense systems. In order to achieve that with the Su-57, engineers had to hide all of the weaponry such as guided and unguided missiles and so bombs within the fuselage. They also had to use the latest and most expensive composite materials in the ‘flying wing’ airframe construction. These tasks are extremely difficult, due to the overloads that the fighter jets have to withstand while flying at top speed and maneuvering during dog fights. However, the requirements were achieved by Russian engineers, and further adapted for the Su-57’s smaller UAV siblings.

Now, let me tell you about Okhotnik Drone. The Okhotnik was designed from the start as a drone capable of carrying out manned combat aircraft support missions. The Hunter can reportedly execute missions against important enemy targets, including air defense systems, unit bases, and others.
The drone is powered either by a single AL-31F turbofan, as used on the Sukhoi Su-27 fighter aircraft, or by the improved AL-41F derivative installed on Su-35S and Su-57 prototypes.

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