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Video: Su-57 Stealth Fighter and S-70 UCAS Fly Together for First Time to Expand Frazor’s Radar Field

On Sep. 27, 2019 in fact the Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik (Hunter) Unmanned Combat Aircraft System (UCAS) and the Sukhoi Su-57 Frazor flew demonstratively together from Akhtubinsk air base.

The interesting video in this post shows the two most-modern aircraft systems of Russia performing first joint test flight.

On Sep. 27, 2019 in fact the Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik (Hunter) Unmanned Combat Aircraft System (UCAS) and the Sukhoi Su-57 Frazor flew demonstratively together from Akhtubinsk air base.

“The Okhotnik unmanned aerial vehicle has performed its first joint flight with a fifth-generation Su-57 plane,” Russian Defense Ministry said.

According TASS both aircraft took the air as part of the ongoing flight test programme of both airframes.

During the flight, the interaction between the Okhotnik and the leading aircraft was tested for expanding the Frazor’s radar field.

The flight was conducted in the automated mode. “As part of the ongoing test program, the Okhotnik drone performed a flight in the automated mode in its full configuration, entering the airborne alert area,” the ministry said. During the flight, the drone and the Su-57 fighter practiced interaction “to broaden the fighter’s radar coverage and to provide target acquisition for employing air-launched weapons,” the ministry added.

Noteworthy the footage features the S-70 opening its weaponsbay too.

The joint flight lasted more than 30 minutes.

The office of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS at the MAKS-2019 international aerospace show in August that delivery of the Okhotnik stealth heavy attack drone to the Russian Military begin in 2025.

As the vice premier’s office pointed out, the Okhotnik will serve as a “universal baseline platform for carrying advanced air-launched weapons, onboard reconnaissance systems and other equipment, which will allow constantly expanding the drone’s functional capabilities during the serial production.”

A source in the defense industry told TASS that the S-70 Okhotnik would perform several more test flights this year.

“The program of the Okhotnik’s flight tests stipulates several more flights with the sequential complication of flight assignments,” the source pointed out.

The drone will perform one of its flights in a partially autonomous mode: an operator on the ground will give only several commands, the source said. “A possibility is also envisaged for the drone’s completely autonomous flight without the operator’s participation when it takes off, performs its program and lands only under the control of its own guidance system.”

Photo credit: Russian Defense Ministry

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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