Russia's Heavy Flying-Wing Stealth Drones in Service as of 2024

Published August 17th, 2020 - 01:34 GMT
With a length of 14 metres and a wingspan of 19 metres, the size is said to be similar to a fighter jet and, according to the Flugrevue, to be "in the league of the US experimental drone Northrop-Grumman X-47B"
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With a length of 14 metres and a wingspan of 19 metres, the size is said to be similar to a fighter jet and, according to the Flugrevue, to be "in the league of the US experimental drone Northrop-Grumman X-47B"

By Dr. Rene Tebel

According to TASS, the head of UAC, Yuri Slyusar, informed Russian President Vladimir Putin that the heavy long-range stealth drone S-70 Okhotnik (hunter) designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau would be delivered to the armed forces as early as 2024.


Last year, the German aviation magazine Flugrevue had already described Russia's first heavy combat drone in detail on the occasion of its maiden flight on August 3, 2019. As a result, the S-70 "hunter" flew remote-controlled for more than 20 minutes at an altitude of about 600 meters. The Russian TASS reported a 30-minute flight at an altitude of 1600 meters on September 27, 2019.

With a length of 14 metres and a wingspan of 19 metres, the size is said to be similar to a fighter jet and, according to the Flugrevue, to be "in the league of the US experimental drone Northrop-Grumman X-47B," "which at first glance resembles it on the outside." Comparable UCAVs are China's Sharp Sword, France's experimental Dassault Neuron and Great Britain's BAE Systems Taranis.

The Flugrevue also quoted Sputnik News, according to which the S-70 Ochotnik is designed as an "all-rounder" because it can accommodate "different weapons, devices and sensors depending on the mission" in a modular fashion. The drone, with anti-radar coating, is designed for a range of 5,000 to 6,000 km and a maximum speed of about 1,000 km/h and is said to be able to carry about 6 tons of bomb load.

In 2019, the TASS reported that the combat drone will undergo military tests in 2020 at the Akhtubinsk test site.

This article was republished with the permission of  Tebel Report

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