Game of Drones: Russian Okhotnik combat drone develops speed of up to 200 km at trials.
The Russian combat UAV Okhotnik developed a speed of up to 200 km / h on the runway during its first trial, which took place at the Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant in November, a source in the aircraft-building industry told Tass. "The pre-production model of the Okhotnik unmanned aerial vehicle made its first run on the runway of the Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant. It developed a speed of 200 km / h in accordance with the program of trials. The drone did not go aloft," the source said. According to him, the Okhotnik carried out all the operations independently in the autonomous regime.
The Okhotnik is expected to make a few more runs on the plant’s runway
without separation from the ground. The next stage is called ‘bouncing’: the
drone will go aloft, fly several meters over the runway and land immediately. The first full-fledged test flight will take place afterwards, the
source clarified. the Okhotnik had been developed using the radar signature
reduction technology and employs "the flying wing" configuration. The
vehicle takeoff weight reaches 20 tons. According to unconfirmed information,
the drone is powered by a jet engine ensuring a speed of up to
1,000 km / h. The Okhotnik
development contract was signed between the Defense Ministry and the Sukhoi
aircraft maker in 2011. The first UAV prototype for on-land tests had been
defense industry sour......