Russia is testing a new drone similar to the CIA's stealthy RQ-170, and wants to turn it into a sixth-generation fighter

Screenshot/paralay.iboards.ruPossible picture of the Okhotnik drone.
  • Russia says that it will turn its new Okhotnik drone, which is about to make its maiden flight, into a sixth-generation aircraft.
  • Popular Mechanics also published a supposed picture above of the Okhotnik, which was posted on a Russian aviation forum called paralay.iboards.ru.
  • Still, it’s unclear exactly what the Okhotnik’s capabilities are now, and what they would be if turned into a sixth-generation fighter – a concept that is still not fully realised.

Russia says that it will turn its new drone, which is about to make its maiden flight, into a sixth-generation aircraft, according to TASS, a Russian state-owned media outlet.

“Okhotnik will become a prototype of the sixth generation fighter jet,” a Russian defence industry official told TASS, adding that the sixth generation fighter “has not yet taken full shape, [but] it’s main features are known.”

The single-engine Okhotnik (“Hunter” in Russian) drone has a top speed of 621 mph, and might make its maiden flight in 2018,according to Popular Mechanics, citing TASS.

Popular Mechanics also published a supposed picture above of the Okhotnik, which was posted on a Russian aviation forum called paralay.iboards.ru.

Russia “may use [the Okhotnik] as a platform to develop technologies for an ‘autonomous’ or more likely pilotless drone,” Michael Kofman, a research scientist at CNA, told Business Insider.

But Kofman added that the claims are rather questionable since TASS sourced a Russian defence industry official.

“Any technological advances from the Okhotnik development could be carried into future aircraft or drone design,” Sim Tack, the chief military analyst at Force Analysis and a global fellow at Stratfor, told Business Insider, “and this [TASS] source may be a proponent of that route.”

“As far as I see it, this is a large drone similar to X-47B, with sizable payload,” Kofman said. Popular Mechanic’s Kyle Mizokami likened the Okhotnik to the American RQ-170 Sentinel drone.

Still, it’s unclear exactly what the Okhotnik’s capabilities are now, and what they would be if turned into a sixth-generation fighter – a concept that is still not fully realised.

The Okhotnik drone in its current capacity has an anti-radar coating, and will store missiles and precision-guided bombs internally to avoid radar detection, Popular Mechanics reported.

In any event, Russia appears to be aiming for some sort of sixth-generation aircraft, recently testing sixth-generation onboard systems on the Su-57 and even researching a radio-photonic radar for the potential aircraft.

unmanned and capable of performing any combat task in an autonomousregime. More: http://tass.com/defence/1014154
Okhotnik will become the prototype of the sixth generation fighterjet More: http://tass.com/defence/1014154

Okhotnik will become the prototype of the sixth generation fighter jet More: http://tass.com/defence/1014154
Okhotnik will become the prototype of the sixth generation fighter jet,’ More: http://tass.com/defence/1014154

Okhotnik will become the prototype of the sixth generation fighterjet,’ More: http://tass.com/defence/1014154

Okhotnik will become the prototype of the sixth generation fighter jet,’ More: http://tass.com/defence/1014154

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