Hunter vs. Reaper: Our drone is definitely better


Last week, the Russian heavy attack UAV S-70 Okhotnik successfully bombed ground targets with 500-kilogram bombs. The tests took place at the Ashuluk test site in the Astrakhan region.


Work on a promising drone started in 2012. For a long time, information about the strike drone was strictly classified.

The first photographs of the Hunter appeared only in 2019. Around the same time, some information about the newest device became available. So, the length of the S-70 is 14 meters with a wingspan of 19 meters and a take-off weight of 25 tons.

The combat load of our UAV can reach 8 tons, which is almost five times higher than that of the American competitor MQ-9A Reaper.

By the way, the Russian “Hunter” surpasses the western “Reaper” not only in terms of “carrying capacity”. So, the cruising and maximum speed of the S-70 is 600 and 1000 km / h, respectively. For the MQ-9A, these figures are 310 and 480 km / h.

Below the "Riper" and the ceiling. A fully armed "Hunter" is capable of operating at an altitude of 18 km, while a Reaper in a reconnaissance configuration will not be able to rise above 14 km.

But that's not all. The bombing accuracy demonstrated by the S-70 in past tests indirectly indicates that it is equipped with an SVP-24 Hephaestus sighting and navigation system. The latter allows the use of conventional ammunition with the effectiveness of precision weapons.

Based on the foregoing, our "Hunter", among other things, is also much more economical. By comparison, the AGM-114 Hellfire high-precision missiles, which are the Reaper's main armament, cost $ 66 per unit. In turn, the OFAB-500 aerial bomb, which the S-70 used during the tests, costs about 4 thousand dollars.

However, our strike UAV can also use high-precision weapons. At the same time, the publication The National Interest states that there is a possibility of equipping the "Hunter" with tactical nuclear weapons.

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  1. Afinogen Offline Afinogen
    Afinogen (Afinogen) 19 January 2021 11: 18
    -1
    Such news is definitely encouraging. good Like a balm for the soul. There would be more such "Hunters"
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 19 January 2021 13: 01
      +2
      More variety of such shock UAVs, now we only have at the output a heavy version of 25 tons, and we need medium and light shock UAVs, according to different tasks, this is not visible, and the need for such a range of weapons is indisputable ... RF with drone UAVs ...
  2. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 19 January 2021 11: 32
    0
    Can carry 500 kg FABs? Atomic bombs will be twice as lighter.
  3. margo Offline margo
    margo (margo) 19 January 2021 18: 44
    +4
    our drone is definitely better

    - well, who would have doubted! There is only one BUT! For 2011, in service with the United States, according to various sources, there are from 63 to 74 MQ-9 Reaper, and the MQ-9 began combat flights in 2007 in Iraq i.e. 14 years ago, on account of which today there are more than a dozen sorties.
  4. vvnab Offline vvnab
    vvnab (Vitali) 19 January 2021 21: 45
    +1
    Riper is already 20 years old!
    By modern standards - an abyss! How can they be compared? ))
  5. Vladest Offline Vladest
    Vladest (Vladimir) 20 January 2021 14: 15
    0
    Who will argue. Of course better. How many hundreds have already been done? Where is the base? What area of ​​the Ball can they cover with their attention?
    Only, they will just make it better. Well, laughter is already taking. It has become a tradition to live in the future.
    Another BLaaaaaa, UAV ..
  6. cmonman Offline cmonman
    cmonman (Garik Mokin) 20 January 2021 23: 31
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    ... our "Hunter", in addition to everything else, is also much more economical. ... high-precision missiles AGM-114 Hellfire, which are the main armament of the "Reaper", cost $ 66 thousand. In turn, the OFAB-500 aerial bomb, which the S-70 used during tests, costs about $ 4 thousand.

    We divide 60,000 by 4,000 = 15, the difference in the salary of an Amer and a Russian, that's all. In addition, as the author himself wrote, but he himself did not understand why, so I will have to explain his words to him:
    the price of a high-precision rocket is incomparable with the price of cast iron; these are two big or four small differences.
    With this “analysis” of the material, you understand the editorial board, which is looking for authors in the news and analytical departments. I offer the editorial board my abilities, get a lot of criticism and analysis, but most importantly - without embellishment, toadying, false pathos and exaggerated patriotism.
    1. isofat Online isofat
      isofat (isofat) 21 January 2021 00: 22
      0
      Quote: cmonman
      I offer the editors my abilities, get ...

      cmonman, dear. You have demonstrated to us your knowledge of division on a set of integers. Commendable. But I assure you that your opinion that you are now a cool analyst is wrong. Your level is maybe the US media. They lie anyway. (My subjective opinion) No.
    2. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 21 January 2021 07: 29
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      We divide 60,000 by 4,000 = 15, the difference in the salary of an Amer and a Russian, that's all. In addition, as the author himself wrote, but he himself did not understand why, so I will have to explain his words to him:

      Everything goes to the fact that soon your salary will be 15 times heavier, you will carry suitcases. yes

      the price of a high-precision rocket is incomparable with the price of cast iron; these are two big or four small differences.

      For an American you are good at thinking good The truth is, do not follow the development of military equipment in Russia.
      The aircraft sighting and navigation system SVP-24 "Hephaestus" has been used for a long time, which allows throwing "cast iron" with an accuracy comparable to the ability of yours to throw "luminium" stuffed with electronics.
      1. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
        Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 22 January 2021 05: 33
        -2
        Only now, he will allow throwing free-falling cast iron only where there is no air defense. Well, like today the aerospace forces in Syria.
        1. 123 Offline 123
          123 (123) 22 January 2021 05: 49
          -2
          Only now, he will allow throwing free-falling cast iron only where there is no air defense. Well, like today the aerospace forces in Syria.

          Exactly yes For other cases, it is full of "luminescence". Gifts are available for all occasions.
        2. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
          Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 22 January 2021 08: 48
          -2
          Well, what's the point then in the comparison made in the article?