Russia's success in attack drones has become obvious to everyone

The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), part of the state corporation Rostec, for the first time demonstrated the S-70 Okhotnik drone equipped with a flat jet nozzle. This was announced on December 14 by the press service of the organization. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), created at the Sukhoi Design Bureau, was presented on Tuesday at the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant. V.P. Chkalov.

The event was attended by a delegation of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, headed by Deputy Minister of the Department Alexei Krivoruchko.

The UAV concentrates the advanced achievements of enterprises and organizations of the domestic defense industrial complex, which made it possible to provide functional capabilities that are not inferior, and in a number of parameters surpassing a few (single) foreign counterparts.

- noted Krivoruchko, who inspected the assembly process of the second flight prototype of the Okhotnik together with UAC CEO Yuri Slyusar and the head of the Rostec state corporation Sergei Chemezov.

He also added that the Russian Defense Ministry will conclude a serial contract for the supply of the Russian S-70 Okhotnik attack drone within the next six months.

Today, the complex is already quite seriously ready for mass production. I would like to add that in the near future we will already conclude a serial contract for the supply of these vehicles (S-70 Okhotnik drones). These vehicles are still test vehicles, but within six months we will conclude a serial contract ahead of the delivery of these unmanned aerial vehicles.

- stressed the deputy minister.

The fact that the demonstration of the Russian drone is taking place with the participation of such a high-ranking military official, as well as the head of Rostec, a key domestic state corporation with a trillion-dollar turnover, is by no means accidental. The Russian defense industry is going to, if not fully focus, then at least direct a significant part of its efforts towards creating new world-class attack drones that can compete for a place in the international market. And the presented "Okhotnik" is no longer a trial balloon, but an attempt to develop an alternative to the models already in service with Russia in order to increase internal competition.

Orion Star

As you know, the Orion UAV, developed by the Kronstadt company, was the first Russian attack drone sent for experimental military operation. The contract for the serial supply of the devices was signed with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation back in 2020. According to Nikolai Dolzhenkov, general designer of Kronstadt, more than 90% of the components for it had to be made independently and from scratch. In an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, he notes that with a wingspan of sixteen meters and a take-off weight of one ton, Orion is able to fly continuously for at least a day and rise to an altitude of seven and a half kilometers. At the same time, the presence of three suspension points provides Orion with a high carrying capacity: up to 200 kg.

Nevertheless, it is important to note that in addition to the tactical and technical characteristics of the drone itself, its remote control systems are no less important. The UAVs created by Kronstadt are part of the Orion-E reconnaissance and strike complex, which is a universal platform capable of using the widest arsenal of weapons. These include both unguided aerial bombs, the guidance accuracy of which is calculated by an on-board computer, and innovative high-precision guided air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles capable of striking both ground and air targets. And the flexibility of the architecture of the Russian drone makes it possible to integrate with it not only domestic, but also foreign aircraft weapons, which, of course, increases its competitiveness in the world market.

After all, it is worth being frank - drones are not weapons of mass destruction, but at the same time they are extremely expensive and in demand, which makes them an ideal export product. The use of drones in conflict is becoming the norm right before our very eyes, updating military textbooks in real time. For example, the most recent example of the importance of drones is their successful use during the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in September-November 2020. Moreover, it is significant that it was the Azerbaijani side, which actively used Israeli and Turkish (including shock) UAVs, that won the victory in it.

UAVs "on the rise"

The global drone market is booming. Its largest players: the United States, Israel, China and, oddly enough, Turkey, which has never been distinguished by serious military developments, are vying with each other to offer a wide range of their UAVs at international exhibitions. Although it is worth noting that Washington's global position as an exporter in this area has been significantly shaken after the refusal to sell the most modern models of its drones to anyone other than official London. It is clear that this is primarily a planned policy, in which security issues meet commercial interests in the best traditions of American capitalism.

So, on the one hand, according to The Wall Street Journal, Americans fear that their drones can be used to suppress mass civil unrest or simply fall into the wrong hands. Great Britain, on the other hand, is a key and in every sense a "nuclear" ally of the United States, which will not go anywhere from them. However, on the other hand - well, the Pentagon needs someone to fuse their old drones, right? And for those buyers considering buying an American military equipment primarily in a political vein, it is more important, in principle, to regularly purchase at least something from Washington along the military line than to seek the supply of the latest samples of engineering thought.

Although it is the UAV as a branch of military equipment that is unique in this case. As you know, the largest arms exporting countries often practice the sale of obsolete weapons abroad. However, in the case of such a dynamically developing area as drones, the purchase of models that do not meet modern requirements simply makes no sense. Unmanned aerial vehicles are one of the most high-tech types of weapons and the rate of their obsolescence significantly exceeds that in other branches of military equipment. The reason is simple: the more weapons are "tied" to information technology, the closer the pace of its modernization to those of the IT sphere. And drones, which are as closely related to artificial intelligence technologies as possible, are here, of course, at the forefront of military thought. So selling outdated models in the case of drones in a fair competition will not work. There is too much competition in the international market, too many players and too quickly drones become obsolete.

That is why it is important that Russia today is simultaneously developing several UAV models. The laws of any, not only military equipment, state: the stronger the competition in the domestic market, the higher the competitiveness of the country's products in the foreign market. So the mass production of shock drones may well be considered another test of the military-industrial complex of the Russian Federation for compliance with modern realities. Although it is already obvious that Russian attack UAVs have every chance of taking a leading position in the international arena. In the end, if the domestic military-industrial complex is capable of producing world-class anti-aircraft missile systems (take at least the same S-400, which Turkey prefers, despite NATO membership and the indignation of the United States), then Russia certainly has problems with the production of unmanned aerial vehicles. shouldn't be. The only question is to set a goal and systematically achieve it. And in this case, the Orion and Okhotnik developed by the Russian defense industry are, first of all, a movement in the right direction.
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  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 16 December 2021 10: 09
    The fact of the matter is that it moves. It's time to get away from this movement, somewhere to come. And the impression is that we are running on the spot. Who does not let us use Orion to be indicative of its success in Syria? These "breakfasts" are already very annoying to me. There are no results, or only a few are driving across the area, but screaming! We were promised that we will raise the retirement age, pensioners will live on! They will start traveling! Raised and what, everyone is traveling? Let's introduce duties on the import of foreign cars and raise our car industry! The duties were introduced, but foreign cars cost a lot of money, but where is our auto industry? Let's abolish the vehicle tax and raise the price of gasoline. The one who travels more, let him pay more. Gasoline prices have been raised, and the transport tax has been paid the same way. Let's raise VAT to develop complex production! Raised and where is this complex production? Nails and screws, and then Chinese! I told the peasants about nails and screws, they laugh. A man went to the market to buy a metal mug for fishing. Flips, written - made in India. There are no carrots or potatoes of their own. We cannot save anything. Now January will come and potatoes with carrots will be 100-150 rubles each. Maybe it’s enough to keep busy with petty toadying of the authorities, it’s time to write the truth? What if Putin's conscience wakes up?
    Semyon Slepakov sang, but in my country everything is there:

    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 16 December 2021 13: 20
      The "Outposts" produced by UZGA are an Israeli Searcher, but we try to steal the rest, stick our nameplate on top and pass it off as domestic. Example "Orlan-10". All from imported components. Alas, bad polymers do not yet allow localizing even relatively simple piston engines. And without engines, mass production of finished products cannot be deployed. Here is the development work "pacer" that has been going on for 9-10 years. The engine for the UAV "Orion". Those who look at an engine familiar to every aviator will say: “Yes, this is the Austrian Rotax, it’s even written on the covers!” should be strictly reprimanded. No, now you need to read the inscription on another plate, this is the APD-115T engine. Well, by name. De facto, these are all the same Rotaxes, bought there from Bombardier.In the context of sanctions, when components cannot be bought, Russian enterprises need to produce everything themselves. Now, when in Russia many high-tech sectors of the economy are destroyed or do not work, this is becoming a problem.
      Strike UAVs were needed in Russia yesterday, but now many samples are at the stage of pilot production or design, and from the experience of introducing the "Armata" or the Su-57, we know that this state can last for years and years. did not calculate all the advantages of the new weapon. We see the result of a weak industry and the absence of correct management decisions in the example of the war in Karabakh, in Libya, in the former SAR. When, with virtually impunity, the Azerbaijani and Turkish armed forces systematically destroy air defense installations and armored vehicles of Karabakh, the detachments of Khavtor, Assad, use Turkish UAVs.
  3. shiva Offline shiva
    shiva (Ivan) 16 December 2021 11: 19
    As in one fairy tale - I sell a sword that will pierce any armor! And I also sell armor that will not be hit by a single sword!
    The ancient storytellers laughed in vain - this is called the export version. Like HEZ-327MPRSU and most importantly - at the end of E ...
  4. karlamarla Offline karlamarla
    karlamarla (Charles) 16 December 2021 11: 21
    In Soviet times, the Mayak-202 reel-to-reel tape recorder was produced with an awesome frequency of reproducible frequencies - up to 18 kHz. According to the passport. But any music lover knew that some Sanyo cassette balalaika sounds an order of magnitude better, with a bandwidth of only just 10 kHz.
  5. Brother Offline Brother
    Brother (Serg) 16 December 2021 13: 02
    Hmm ... and what such successes !? What is it? For example, Turkey, Israel, America have long tested their "means" in real hostilities. A very important material has been developed - the experience of COMBAT use!
    We only have pictures. AAaaah rolled out, oh! and flew! Pictures are beautiful - with the red stars of the Soviet Union! Why!? like the continuation of the USSR! So there is NO IT! continuation.
    12 KB Avia Buildings and developments, killed. Even "Su" and "Mig" were killed. But the worst thing is that the School of Avia Science was DESTROYED! created 60! years!! There is "something" in the OAEC singular.
    Just AVIAimpotence ... not capable!
  6. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
    gunnerminer (gunner miner) 16 December 2021 13: 12
    What successes? There is no heavy type UAV. Medium-type UAVs are represented by Orion alone, the plant for serial production of which has not been established. There is no satellite communication channel on the Orion UAV. There is no export of Russian UAVs. The UAV is an Israeli-made outpost. The Orion-10 aircraft with a Japanese motor. with American electronics, with Malaysian optics. In fact, a flying soapbox is a camera. Not included in the ESUTZ, does not have the ability to transmit information in real time to the battalion command post.

    The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), part of the state corporation Rostec, for the first time demonstrated the S-70 Okhotnik drone equipped with a flat jet nozzle.

    Non-flying mockup. The video footage of the former UAV with a round nozzle.

    He also added that the Russian Defense Ministry will conclude a serial contract for the supply of the Russian S-70 Okhotnik attack drone within the next six months.

    Gorby style, news from the future. The contract is not a replacement for serial UAVs. How the contract will be fulfilled, and what the final price will be, taking into account inflation, is written on the water with a pitchfork.

    And the presented "Okhotnik" is no longer a trial balloon, but an attempt to develop an alternative to the models already in service with Russia in order to increase internal competition.

    The statement would be fair with a serial Skat UAV, which is abandoned, there are no others.

    That is why it is important that Russia today is simultaneously developing several UAV models.

    About 50 billion rubles were spent, with modest results. It’s a long way to the success of Chinese and Turkish UAVs used in various theaters.
  7. 1_2 Offline 1_2
    1_2 (Ducks are flying) 16 December 2021 13: 49
    it is true, only stupid Russophobes will deny that all types of UAVs have been created in the Russian Federation (for minimal funds), from the Lancet kamikaze UAV to the heavy Hunter and Altius.

    At MAKS, 3 versions of Russian strike drones were presented for export. The first is the Orion-E, which surpasses the Bayraktar in terms of the range of weapons and is easier to fly. The second was "Altius-U", which surpasses Turkish UAVs in combat effectiveness by 1.4 times. The main trump card is the presence of artificial intelligence. The latter is the Thunder UAV, which is a consequence of the development of medium-sized drones. It has the largest payload and a tremendous top speed and combat radius of up to 700 kilometers. Go Russia!!!
    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 16 December 2021 18: 57
      There is a MAKS, but not in real life. With the Orion UAV, only FAB-50 can be used. Bayraktar has been successfully used in several theaters of military operations. Bayraktar is produced in hundreds. Orion has recently been tested and is produced by pieces. The plant for serial production is still under construction. Bayraktar was bought. Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan. A good spoon for dinner. Not when fried Peter pecked.
  8. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 16 December 2021 17: 23
    Success is visible
    So far, there seems to be one flying hunter with a round nozzle and one flightless one with a flat one.

    The Internet is full of videos of flying aircraft models of varying complexity, and the Russian ones take good places in the imitation of military aviation ...
    Maybe the fans should be instructed to make the UAV? Fast, inexpensive, massive ...
  9. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 17 December 2021 14: 11
    By the way, on VO today is an article-a review of the features of shock UAVs

    who are interested
  10. likas Offline likas
    likas (likas tyrlo) 20 December 2021 12: 40
    Nice drone