A historic moment in the world history of armed conflicts was recorded last night: The largest unmanned strategic stealth bomber S-70 Okhotnik, carried out its first missions, penetrating and releasing two Kh-59MK2 air-to-surface cruise missiles, which hit ” strategic goals” in Kyiv.
The power plant that powered the pumps of the Ukrainian capital’s water supply system was hit.
The S-70 Okhotnik (“Hunter”) will go into mass production next year, but its operational test was a prerequisite for this to happen: The prototype was presented in 2019 and weighs 20 tons with a wingspan of 15 meters.
It uses the familiar AL-41F engine from the Su-57 and has a range of 2,500 miles at a speed of 621 mph.
Its radar footprint is 50% that of the world’s most stealthy manned strike aircraft, the US B-2, meaning it is practically undetectable.
The Okhotnik will be the “loyal wingman” for the Su-57 as it will precede the offensive actions of the manned fighters and will have the ability to fire both air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons.
In fact, the ability to control and two-way data transfer between one Su-57 and four S-70s was demonstrated.
The shot was made in cooperation with a Su-57 and was probably made from the airspace of Belarus.
The Okhotnik bears similarities to the Australian-made Boeing MQ-28 Ghost Bat, although the design resembles the American Northrop Grumman X-47B drone, with one important difference: The S-70 Okhotnik has already received an Interim Operational Capability Certificate (IOC ).
The aircraft’s paint job along with the engine’s deep fuselage integration give extra concealment capability while weapon carrying capacity is 2.2 tonnes in two internal weapon bays.
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October 30, 2022