Full Analysis Of The First Flight Of Russia's 'Hunter' Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle - VIDEO
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August 8, 2019 - by JOSEPH TREVITHICK AND TYLER ROGOWAY for thedrive.com
Russia's Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik-B, or Hunter-B, flying wing unmanned combat air vehicle, or UCAV, flew for the first time recently and now the country's Ministry of Defense has released video of the flight. Images of the drone had first emerged on Russian social media in January.
The Russian Ministry of Defense officially announced the milestone last week, though it did not provide any imagery. The S-70 flew for more than 20 minutes, cruising at an altitude of around 1,970 feet on a route around an unspecified air base, according to the official statement at the time. This first flight was originally scheduled to occur sometime in the Spring, but was delayed for unknown reasons.
The UCAV, which is roughly in the same general size class as Northrop Grumman's X-47B, is now carrying a bort number, Red 071, as well as the new paint scheme that was previously visible in the satellite imagery from Chkalov. It remains unclear if this...
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