Russia is ramping up its unmanned military system. The state media announced that Russia’s armed forces would be fielding long-range armed drones in 2021. Although, the identity of the new drones to be fielded has not been revealed yet.
“Next year, the troops will start receiving multi-purpose long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), capable not only of conducting aerial survey but also of striking enemy facilities with high-precision projectiles,” said Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Russia’s Aerospace Forces Lt. Gen. Sergei Dronov, quoted in TASS.
As reported earlier by EurAsian Times, Russia has sped up the delivery of the first Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik (“Hunter”) attack drone in 2024. According to the Ministry of Defence, S-70 Okhotnikis powered by an AL-31 turbojet engine and is equipped with electro-optical targeting, radio, and “other types of reconnaissance equipment”. It made its first flight on August 7, 2019, flying for 20 minutes and reaching an altitude of 600 meters (1,970 feet).
Dronov said that currently, the Russian military has short and medium-range UAVs in service. He also added that the use of combat UAVs in Syria demonstrated their capacity to carry out high-precision strikes.