Each “appearance in public” of the latest shock Russian drone, which received the index C-70 “Hunter”, is of great interest to specialists. Another thing is that “Shine” this latest development of OKB “Sukhoi” is not in a hurry — the first photo “accidentally” flashed in February this year. Now the unmanned vehicle was demonstrated to Vladimir Putin at the airport of the 929th State flight test center named after V. P. Chkalov and it appeared in the picture taken from the spacecraft (it should be assumed that it is also accidental).
Interest in the latest Russian UAV is so high that even his photos are the reason for all sorts of assumptions about its purpose and technical characteristics. Really no one knows anything, but the French edition of Air& Cosmos suggested that the take-off weight of the machine can be 25 tons, taking 2.8 tons into service. Calculate the “dimensions” was easier — wingspan “Hunter” is probably equal to 19 meters, with a total length of 14 meters.
Note that the weight of the empty fighter of the fifth generation su-57, which “oversees” the S-70 on a number of tests and is used as a flying laboratory, is only 18 500 kg, the maximum take-off weight of it, however, 35 500 kilograms. The wingspan of the two “dryers” is also almost the same, but the shorter body of the UAV can be attributed only to the stealth technology used in its manufacture, in which the length of the fuselage is secondary. And so the “Hunter” is very impressive in size and can not even believe that this flying platform is a drone and is controlled from the ground. Or with the nearby SU-57?Initially, it was assumed that the first flight of the S-70 will be held in 2018, and in 2020 the “Hunter” will be adopted. In principle, everything went according to plan, with a slight delay from the schedule — rolling out of the product development of Sukhoi Design Bureau, produced at the Novosibirsk plant. Chkalov, began at the end of November last year and it really plans to deliver soon for needs of VKS of Russia.
What catches the eye when studying the photo of the “Hunter” is its very shape — externally, in its configuration, it resembles the American bomber B-2 “Spirit” (Spirit), created by the aerodynamic scheme “flying wing” using stealth technology. In principle, this resemblance ends at the American the and weight much more (takeoff weight more than 171 tons, combat load 27 tons), and the purpose more, still bomber.
What is the future mission of the “Hunter”, it is not known how closed are its tactical and technical characteristics, but the UAV is already credited with incredible abilities. He hastened to call the killer of American fighters F-22 Raptor (Raptor) and F-35 Lightning II (Lightning). However, even if we assume that the Russian heavy UAV of the sixth generation S-70 is the most advanced and technically advanced strike drone in the world, it is impossible to compete with fighters in its current form, of course.
Any drone is controlled from the ground and even if it has a super-refined filling and electronics, air combat “Hunter” is not possible, there is no “human factor” can not do. Plus, pay attention to the design of the “flying wing”, in which there is no vertical tail, which significantly reduces maneuverability. The same American B-2, made according to a similar scheme, to aerobatics is absolutely not adapted.
It can be assumed that the S-70 is considered, including, and as an option to create a platform for a bomber. But here, as they say, the weight it is clearly not enough, and the practical range of 5000 kilometers on the scale of the “strategist” is clearly not pulling. With greater probability, we can also assume that “Hunter” is supposed to be used as a future platform for a new line of sixth generation fighters, able to carry out both functions of “air-ground” and “air-air”. However, the “Hunter” — this is not a fighter, and not a bomber, which follows from the voiced TTX and known design technology. This is a classic drone, albeit equipped with onboard electronic equipment, which contains various systems: information management, automatic control, monitoring and diagnostics of onboard equipment, inertial-satellite navigation, plus equipment interface with General facility equipment.
The design of the UAV involves its equipment according to the modular scheme, which will change the payload depending on the type of combat mission. Such a filling, plus supersonic speed (it is assumed that the S-70 will develop more than 1000 km/h) puts it in the first place in this class of aircraft. The comparison is not entirely correct due to the lack of accurate data, but it is assumed that the Russian “Hunter” will surpass the American “Observer” — the RQ-170 Sentinel UAV in a number of characteristics, including combat load.Su-57 is no coincidence called the “godfather” unmanned S-70. This is due not only to one manufacturer, and the use in the development of “Hunter” a number of design features of the fighter, including stealth technology. It is assumed that the attack drones will be able to perform tasks in tandem with the fifth generation fighter, use its protection and data for ground attacks. It is known that the su-57 is used as a flying laboratory for testing a number of systems on the subject of the s-70 UAV, which, incidentally, demonstrates the silhouette of the “Hunter” in its color. It is likely that the drone will be used some developments used in the su-57, especially the quality of “invisible”, it is likely that the hidden weapons in the fuselage will be similar.
The development of stealth and the use of the aerodynamic scheme of the “flying wing” in the design of aircraft continues, including in Russia. We can assume that the Promising aviation complex of long-range aviation can borrow something from these technologies. Therefore, the appearance of the UAV “Hunter” is an interesting development for new technologies, probably in fighter aircraft. The only caveat — the lack of a tail, which seems to be quite difficult to compensate for the change in the vector of jet engines alone. In any case — this is an interesting development in the version using such a scheme is in the drone.