What if they start mass producing Okhotnik-B? That has to be a kick in the balls to countries that have not put neuron, BAE Taranis or X-47B in operation yet who have started those projects earlier than Russia.Next drone superpower? Not likely, Russia missed the window of opportunity for that by a wide margin, allowing Turkey and especially China to corner many of their traditional customers. But it will probably become a serious contender in remaining markets, as systems like the ZALA 421-series, Orlan-10 and Orion-E match their competitors, and others like Altius-M even outperform them.
The largest export demand seems to be on the lower end of functionality, not massive fighter sized drones like S-70. Countries that might have the demand for large complex drones but not the ability to produce them is basically just India.
Indians have their own UCAV (AURA) but like Tejas it's seemingly going nowhere.
They also few others not sure whats going on with those.
It seems to be a waste of time.The largest export demand seems to be on the lower end of functionality, not massive fighter sized drones like S-70. Countries that might have the demand for large complex drones but not the ability to produce them is basically just India.
A pilot of the Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet will simultaneously coordinate the operations of four latest Okhotnik heavy strike drones, a source in the domestic aircraft-building industry told TASS on Tuesday.
AFAIK this is something new to the current 5th gen capabilities. More like taking a 6th gen approach.As the press office of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) earlier told TASS, the latest Okhotnik drone will strike aerial and ground targets in network-centric interaction with a Su-57 fighter.
The serial deliveries of Okhotnik heavy strike drones to the Russian troops are scheduled to begin from 2024.